Synonym: Carduncellus duvauxii (Batt.) Batt.
In the Mediterranean basin, the complex of two Asteraceae-Cardueae genera, Carduncellus Adanson and Carthamus L., comprises about 50 species. These two genera share a native distribution ranging from the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco to West Asia, but the core of Carduncellus centers in the western Mediterranean (Iberian Peninsula and North Africa, eastward to Greece and Egypt), while Carthamus centers in the eastern Mediterranean Basin, except for a small section endemic to southern Spain and Morocco (Vilatersana R. et al. 2000).