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The dried florets of Carthamus tinctorius (family Compositae).
See also: safflower oil.
Synonym(s): safflower
[Ar. qurtum, fr. qartama, paint; the plant yields a dye]


1. A thistlelike Eurasian plant (Carthamus tinctorius) in the composite family, having orange flowers that produce seeds containing an oil used for cooking and in food products, cosmetics, and paints.
2. The dried flowers of this plant, formerly used as a source of yellow and orange dyes.


Chinese medicine
A herb, the flowers of which are used topically for abscesses, bruises and burns, and internally for anginal pan, coagulation disorders, delayed menses, and as a cardiovascular tonic.


n Carthamus tinctorius; parts used: seeds, flowers; uses: antiinflammatory, antioxidant, antimy-cotic, high blood pressure, fever, constipation, cough, menstrual complaints, massage oil; precautions: uterine stimulant, pregnancy, lactation, HIV/AIDS, lupus, immunosuppression, burns, sepsis. Also called
American saffron, azafran, bastard saffron, benibana, dyer's-saffron, fake saffron, false saffron, or
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Performance of safflower under different irrigation scheduling in south Gujarat Annals of Agriculture Research, 41:1 109-110.
Effect of irrigation schedules and row space on the yield of safflower (Carthamus tinctorius).
Rates of nitrogen supply during different developmental stages affect yield components of safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.
Winter versus spring sowing of rain-fed safflower in a semi-arid, high-elevation Mediterranean environment.
The oil obtained from the seeds of four safflower varieties being relatively a rich source of various important functional nutrients such as essentials PUFAs and the lipid-soluble bioactive constituents (tocols and sterols) that appear to have a very positive effect on human health.
Seed yield, oil content and fatty acid composition of some safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.
Dry matter and nitrogen accumulation, partitioning, and retranslocation in safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.
Fatty acid composition of the oil from developing seeds of different varieties of safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.
Mean Comparison of the Treatments Concerning the Phenology Stages of Safflower Pure Cropping and Intercropping with Potato:
The average of safflower plants phenology stages in various treatment showed that pure cropping treatments immediately expire rather than intercropping treatments in all growth stages include; emergeence, stem elongation, flowering and crop rippering.
In another investigation is announced that increase that increase the safflower crop density causing the continoues growth and posponing in flowering and crop rippering stages [13].
Evaluation of Competitive Index in Safflower and Potato Intercropping: