Carthamus lanatus

Carthamus lanatus L.

Common Names

شوك عنتر (شوك عَنْتَر) (Arabic), شوارب عنتر (شوارب عَنتر) (Arabic)

Languages: English

Ecology and Distribution

Global Distribution

Mediterranean region, western and central Europe, southern Russia, Caucasus, Arabia, Iraq, Iran, extending to central Asia.

Distribution in Egypt

Nile and Mediterranean regions.


Waste ground, roadsides, edges of cultivation.

Life Expectancy



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