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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropics & Subtropics.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium


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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herbs, poorly branched
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a lax terminal cyme, with foliaceous bracts
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Involucre
Involucre 1–2-seriate, spreading and then reflexed with age, phyllaries basally connate; receptacle flat becoming convex with age, deeply alveolate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets hermaphrodite, corolla white, funnel-shaped or almost cylindrical, tube sparsely glandular-hairy, lobes short, triangular with distal collar of dense long hairs which mat the corollas together; anther-bases obtuse, apical appendages obtuse, broader than long; style yellow, arms swollen and flattened, glabrous or with few short black hairs
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Carpopodium distinct, asymmetrical; pappus of pegs, connate about the nectary, tipped with dark brown, viscid, glandular knobs. Mature achenes oblong, slightly curved, distinctly 3-angled with distinct apical nectary

Native to:

Andaman Is., Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Assam, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Borneo, Botswana, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Burkina, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Caroline Is., Central African Repu, Chad, China South-Central, China Southeast, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, East Himalaya, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Galápagos, Ghana, Gilbert Is., Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hainan, Haiti, Hawaii, Honduras, India, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jawa, Kazan-retto, Kenya, Korea, KwaZulu-Natal, Laccadive Is., Laos, Leeward Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaya, Maldives, Mali, Marianas, Marquesas, Marshall Is., Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, New Guinea, New South Wales, Nicaragua, Nicobar Is., Nigeria, Niue, Northern Provinces, Pakistan, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Rwanda, Réunion, Samoa, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Society Is., South China Sea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tibet, Togo, Tokelau-Manihiki, Tonga, Tuamotu, Tubuai Is., Tuvalu, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Windward Is., Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Adenostemma J.R.Forst. & G.Forst. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Traill, J.W.H. [s.n.], Brazil K000924500

First published in : [89] (1776)

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: 299.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bremer, Anderberg, Karis & Lundberg in Asteraceae Clad. & Class.: 648 (1994)
  • Char. Gen. Pl.: 89 (1776)
  • R.M. King & H. Rob., Genera of the Eupatorieae: 58 (1987)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

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