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This genus is accepted, and is native to West Himalaya, Southern America and Northern America..


M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008]

Annual or perennial herbs or subshrubs
Leaves usually opposite, with large glandular punctations on the lower surface
Capitula in corymbs
Involucre in 1–2 rows, the phyllaries hardened
Florets all similar, with papillose lobes and elongated stigmas
Achenes 4–5-angled; pappus of 5–6 awned scales.
About 40 species in Central and South America, some widely cultivated and weedy.


Compositae, H. Beentje, C. Jeffrey & D.J.N. Hind. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2005

Anthers short with ovate apical appendages.
Style-arms clavate, papillate
Achenes black, oblong, 5-ribbed, with short setae on the ribs; carpopodium large, white, asymmetrical; pappus of ± 5 awned scales, or reduced, awnless and occasionally absent.
Annuals or short-lived sub-shrubby perennials
Leaves opposite or sub-opposite apically, glandular-punctate beneath
Inflorescence of loose to dense terminal corymbs
Involucre campanulate; phyllaries bi-seriate, equal; receptacle broadly conical, epaleate
Corollas tubular to funnel-shaped, tube externally glandular-stipitate, 5-lobed.

Native to:

Arizona, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Cayman Is., Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Florida, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, New Mexico, Nicaragua, Panamá, Texas, Venezuela, West Himalaya

Introduced into:

Alabama, Andaman Is., Angola, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Azores, Bahamas, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Botswana, Brazil South, Bulgaria, Burkina, California, Cameroon, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Caroline Is., Central African Repu, Chad, Chagos Archipelago, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Christmas I., Congo, Connecticut, Cook Is., East Himalaya, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, French Guiana, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Guyana, Hainan, Haiti, Hawaii, Hungary, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jawa, Kazakhstan, Kazan-retto, Kentucky, Korea, Krym, KwaZulu-Natal, Laccadive Is., Laos, Leeward Is., Madagascar, Madeira, Malaya, Maldives, Mali, Marianas, Marquesas, Marshall Is., Maryland, Massachusetts, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mississippi, Missouri, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, New Caledonia, New South Wales, Nicobar Is., Niue, Norfolk Is., North Carolina, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Ogasawara-shoto, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Rodrigues, Réunion, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Society Is., Socotra, South Carolina, South China Sea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sumatera, Suriname, Swaziland, Taiwan, Togo, Tonga, Transcaucasus, Trinidad-Tobago, Tuamotu, Tubuai Is., Turkmenistan, Turks-Caicos Is., Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuelan Antilles, Vietnam, Windward Is., Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Ageratum L. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Sp. Pl.: 839 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.


Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • —F.T.A. 3: 300.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 2, (1999) Author: by R.M. Polhill & D. Wiens [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bremer et al. in Asterac., Clad. & Class.: 649 (1994)
  • R.M. King & H. Rob., Genera of the Eupatorieae: 142 (1987)
  • V.S. Sharma in F.R. 98: 557 (1987)
  • M.F. Johnson in Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 58(1): 6 (1971)
  • Sp. Pl.: 839 (1753)

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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