Species Name (as per The IPNI) : Carthamus tinctorius L.
Common name : Safflower, Dyers' saffron, False saffron
Vernacular name : Kusum (Hindi); Kusumlei (Manipuri); Kusumba (Tamil); Gul rang (Urdu); Tella kusalu (Telugu); Kusum (Oria); Kusum-phul, Kusum (Assamese)
Habit : Herb
Habitat : Widely cultivated, occasionally naturalized in saline and alkaline soils in dry and cold conditions
Comments / notes : aken hot, safflower tea produces strong perspiration and has thus been used for colds and related ailments. It has also been used at times for its soothing effect in cases of hysteria, such as that associated with chlorosis. Powdered seeds made into a poultice used to ally inflammation of the womb after child birth. Flowers of this herb is useful for jaundice.
Flower, Fruit : May-November
Uttarakhand : Uttarakhand
Himachal Pradesh : Himachal Pradesh
Native : Iran, Nicaragua, Turkey
Exotic/Native : Native
World Distribution : Cosmopolitan
Literature : Uniyal B.P., Sharma J.R., Choudhery U., Singh D.K. (2007). Flowering Plants of Uttarakhand: A Checklist. Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh: 153