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Carthamus tinctorius L.

Asteraceae.
Local Name:
Kaser.
Synonym:
Habit and Habitat:
An annual herb up to 100 cm tall, cultivated in sub-tropical and temperate zones.
Taxonomic Features:
Leaves simple, sessile, rigid, leathery, glabrous. lanceolate-ovate to lanceolate. Margins spinosely toothed. Inflorescence a capitulum, many flowered in corymbose. Corolla red-orange. Fruit an achene without pappus.
Flowering and Fruiting:
May-June.
Harvesting Time:
May-June.
Medicinal Value:
It has diuretic, expectorant and aphrodisiac properties. Commonly used for treatment of pneumonia and asthma in local areas.
Part Used:
Flower, Seed.
Occurrence:
Cultivated.
Future Perspective:
Cultivation, Herbal Pharmacy, Allopathic Pharmacy, Oil Extraction, Cosmetic.
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