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


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

Morphology General Habit
Shrubs or herbs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate (rarely opposite), (sub-)sessile, generally not decurrent, dentate or less often with entire margins
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula solitary or in terminal corymbs, disciform; phyllaries in several series, imbricate, the outer ovate, the inner linear; receptacle epaleate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Outer florets in 1 or several series, female, filiform, with 3–5 minute lobes distally, style with filiform branches; central florets few, hermaphrodite, fertile or sterile, tube slightly widening, lobes 5; anthers sagittate to auriculate and distally acuminate; style entire or almost undivided (occasionally divided), filiform, papillose or puberulous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes often vestigial in inner florets, cylindrical; pappus uniseriate, of free barbellate bristles.

Native to:

Afghanistan, Alabama, Andaman Is., Angola, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Arizona, Arkansas, Aruba, Assam, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Borneo, Botswana, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Burkina, Burundi, California, Cambodia, Canary Is., Cape Verde, Cayman Is., Chad, Chile North, China South-Central, China Southeast, Christmas I., Colombia, Comoros, Connecticut, Costa Rica, Cuba, Delaware, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, East Himalaya, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Florida, Georgia, Guatemala, Gulf States, Guyana, Hainan, Haiti, Honduras, Illinois, India, Indiana, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jawa, Kansas, Kazan-retto, Kentucky, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Laos, Lebanon-Syria, Leeward Is., Line Is., Louisiana, Madagascar, Maine, Malaya, Mali, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New South Wales, New York, Nicaragua, Nicobar Is., North Carolina, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oman, Ontario, Pakistan, Palestine, Panamá, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Rhode I., Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sinai, Socotra, Somalia, South Australia, South Carolina, South China Sea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tennessee, Texas, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad-Tobago, Uganda, Uruguay, Utah, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Victoria, Vietnam, Virginia, West Himalaya, West Virginia, Western Australia, Windward Is., Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Caroline Is., Gilbert Is., Hawaii, Maldives, Marianas, Marshall Is., Nansei-shoto, Phoenix Is., Tonga, Vanuatu, Wake I., Wallis-Futuna Is.

Pluchea Cass. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Hill, F.L. [611], Western Australia K000974660
Glaziou [8112], Brazil K001107824

First published in Bull. Sci. Soc. Philom. Paris 1817: 31 (1817)

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: 327.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Anderb. in Plant Syst. & Evol. 176: 164 (1991)
  • in Bull. Sci. Soc. Philom. Paris: 31 (1817)
  • in K. Bremer, Asteraceae Clad. & Class.: 301 (1994)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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