Safflower (Carthamnus tinctorius)
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The seed yields up to 40% of a drying oil, it is used for lighting, paint, varnishes, linoleum and wax cloths[57, 171, 269]. The oil can also be used as a diesel substitute. It does not yellow with age. When heated to 300¡c for 2 hours and then poured into cold water, the oil solidifies to a gelatinous mass and is then used as a cement for glass, tiles, stones etc or as a substitute for ‘plaster of Paris’. If the oil is heated to 307¡c for 2_ hours, it suddenly becomes a stiff elastic solid by polymerization and can then be used in making waterproof cloth etc.
A yellow dye is obtained by steeping the flowers in water, it is used as a saffron substitute[2, 4, 7, 14, 171, 238].
A red dye can be obtained by steeping the flowers in alcohol[169, 171, 238]. It is used for dyeing cloth and, mixed with talcum powder, is used as a rouge to colour the cheeks.
Cultivation & Habitat
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