Taxon: Pluchea odorata (L.) Cass.

Genus: Pluchea
Family: Asteraceae (alt.Compositae)
Nomen number: 104497
Place of publication: F. Cuvier, Dict. sci. nat. 42:3. 1826
Comment: non Pluchea odorata auct. nonn. (= P. caroliniensis (Jacq.) G. Don)
Name Verified on: 18-Mar-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 18-Mar-2012
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 2 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • saltmarsh fleabane  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • sweet-scent  (Source: Englera) - English
  • Santa María  (Source: Comp Yucatan) - Spanish

Economic Importance:

  • Medicines: folklore (fide Nicholson, Smiths CB 77:43. 1991)
  • Weed: (serious weed in Hawaii fide Atlas WWeed)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, - Kansas, - Oklahoma
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Indiana, - Maine, - Massachusetts, - Michigan, - New Jersey, - New York, - Pennsylvania, - Rhode Island
    • Northern Mexico: Mexico - Baja California, - Coahuila, - Tamaulipas
    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States - New Mexico, - Texas
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama, - Arkansas, - Florida, - Georgia, - Louisiana, - Maryland, - Mississippi, - North Carolina, - South Carolina, - Virginia
    • Southern Mexico: Mexico - Campeche, - Chiapas, - Colima, - Michoacan, - Nayarit, - Oaxaca, - Veracruz, - Yucatan
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - Arizona, - California, - Nevada, - Utah
  • Southern America

    • Caribbean: Bahamas; Cayman Islands; Cuba; Guadeloupe; Hispaniola; Jamaica; Puerto Rico; St. Lucia; Trinidad and Tobago - Trinidad; Virgin Islands (British); Virgin Islands (U.S.)
    • Central America: Belize; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    • Northern South America: Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela
    • Western South America: Colombia


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