Taxon: Guizotia abyssinica (L. f.) Cass.

Genus: Guizotia
Family: Asteraceae (alt.Compositae)
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Millerieae
Nomen number: 18068
Place of publication: F. Cuvier, Dict. sci. nat. 59:248. 1829
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 10-Jun-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 09-Nov-2004
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6)
Accessions: 21 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: soil improver ()
  • Human food: oil/fat ()
  • Human food: pseudocereal ()
  • Animal food: fodder (as birdseed)
  • Animal food: fodder (for livestock feed)
  • Materials: lipids (seeds source of Niger seed oil)
  • Materials: lipids (seeds source of Niger seed oil)
  • Medicines: folklore ()

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia

  • Naturalized

  • Africa

    • Southern Africa: South Africa Gauteng, Mpumalanga
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Eastern Asia: Japan Ryukyu Islands
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India
  • Europe

    • Southeastern Europe: Croatia ; Italy ; Slovenia
    • Southwestern Europe: Spain

  • Cultivated

  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya ; Tanzania ; Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Eritrea ; Ethiopia ; Sudan
    • South Tropical Africa: Zambia
    • Southern Africa: South Africa
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Zaire
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Arabian Peninsula: Yemen
    • China: China
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Bangladesh ; Bhutan ; India ; Nepal ; Pakistan
    • Malesia: Malaysia
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia

  • Adventive

  • Africa

    • Macaronesia: Portugal Madeira Islands; Spain Canary Islands
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Western Asia: Lebanon
  • Europe

    • Middle Europe: Austria ; Belgium ; Czech Republic ; Germany ; Netherlands ; Poland
    • Northern Europe: United Kingdom
  • Northern America

    • Eastern Canada: Canada Ontario
    • North-Central U.S.A.: United States Illinois
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States Arkansas, Florida, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States California


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Check other web resources for Guizotia abyssinica (L. f.) Cass. :


  • Fruits: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image