Field of flowering safflower plants

Field of flowering safflower plants

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Credit: ED YOUNG/AGSTOCKUSA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Safflower crop. Field of flowering safflower plants, Carthamus tinctorius. These flowers can be used to make dye, but the plant is mainly grown for the oil in its seeds (20-38% content). In favourable conditions, the crop can be harvested after 120 days of growth. The seed oil is used mainly in paints and varnish, although it can also be used as a cooking oil and to make soap. After the oil has been extracted, the seed residue can be used as animal fodder because of its high protein content. Photographed in California, USA.

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Keywords: agricultural, agriculture, california, carthamus tinctorius, crop, farming, field, flower, land use, mechanised, mechanized, oil seed, saffl, safflower, safflower field

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