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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Africa, Sinai to S. China and Indo-China, Taiwan, Australasia.
Cotula coronopifolia


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

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, sometimes opposite or rosulate, pinnatisect, lobed, or sometimes entire
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula solitary, pedunculate, heterogamous, disciform, discoid, or rarely radiate with short rays; capitulum stalk sometimes inflated below the capitulum; involucre hemispherical, the phyllaries few-seriate, these slightly unequal, with scarious margins; receptacle flat to conical
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Outer florets 1–multi-seriate, female, fertile, generally stalked, with short tube or no tube at all; disc florets hermaphrodite or some sterile intermixed, with (3–)4 lobes, sometimes saccate beneath, the lobes with resin canals, sometimes one lobe expanded to a radiate limb; anthers included, the bases obtuse; style ± included, the branches truncate or obtuse
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes dorsiventrally flattened, often laterally winged, usually with hairs; pappus absent.

Native to:

Algeria, Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Botswana, Cambodia, Cape Provinces, Chad, Chatham Is., China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Free State, India, Kenya, Kermadec Is., KwaZulu-Natal, Laos, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New South Wales, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Norfolk Is., Northern Provinces, Pakistan, Palestine, Queensland, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sinai, South Australia, St.Helena, Sudan, Sumatera, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tasmania, Thailand, Tristan da Cunha, Uganda, Victoria, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Western Australia, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Alaska, Albania, Arizona, Austria, Azores, Baleares, Belgium, Bolivia, British Columbia, California, Canary Is., Colombia, Corse, Denmark, East Aegean Is., Ecuador, Florida, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Hawaii, Ireland, Italy, Juan Fernández Is., Kuril Is., Madeira, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mauritius, Mexico Northwest, Netherlands, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Norway, Nova Scotia, Oregon, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Prince Edward I., Québec, Sakhalin, Sardegna, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Texas, Tunisia, Uruguay, Washington

Cotula L. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Sp. Pl.: 891 (1753)

Accepted by

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


Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • K. Bremer & Humphries in Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Bot. 23: 157 (1993)
  • K. Bremer, Asteraceae Clad. & Class.: 472 (1994)
  • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 380 (1754)
  • Oliv. & Hiern in F.T.A. 3: 397 (1877)
  • Sp. Pl.: 891 (1753)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at and
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at and
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.