Taxon: Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.

Genus: Ambrosia
Family: Asteraceae (alt.Compositae)
Nomen number: 103817
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:988. 1753
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 29-Oct-2007 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 09-May-2011
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • annual ragweed  (Source: Noxweed Aust) - English
  • bitterweed  (Source: Noxweed Aust) - English
  • common ragweed  (Source: World Econ Pl) - English
  • ragweed  (Source: World Econ Pl) - English
  • Roman-wormwood  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • short ragweed  (Source: F Tex) - English
  • ambroisie annuelle  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • petit herbe à poux  (Source: F NAmer) - French
  • Beifußambrosie  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • beifußblättriges Traubenkraut  (Source: Zander Ency) - German
  • römischer Wermut  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • Traubenkraut  (Source: Mansf Ency) - German
  • buta-kusa  (Source: F Japan) - Japanese Rōmaji
  • ambrósia  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • artemísia  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • cravorana  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • losna-selvagem  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • altamisa  (Source: F Tex) - Spanish
  • ambrosia de hojas de ajenjo  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • artemisia de terra  (Source: Global Comp Weeds) - Spanish
  • tun cao  (Source: F ChinaEng) - Transcribed Chinese
  • doejipul  (Source: F Korea) - Transcribed Korean

Economic Importance:

  • Medicines: folklore (fide Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (to humans, source of allergenic airborne pollens fide F NGalicia)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Noxweed Aust)

Distributional Range:



  • Northern America

    • Eastern Canada: Canada New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec
    • North-Central U.S.A.: United States Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia
    • Northwestern U.S.A.: United States Colorado, Montana, Wyoming
    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States Texas
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, District of Columbia
    • Western Canada: Canada Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Caribbean: Cuba ; Hispaniola ; Jamaica
    • Southern South America: Argentina ; Chile ; Paraguay ; Uruguay
    • Western South America: Bolivia ; Peru

  • Naturalized

  • Africa

    • Macaronesia: Portugal Madeira Islands
    • Northern Africa: Egypt
    • Southern Africa: South Africa
    • Western Indian Ocean: Mauritius
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Caucasus: Armenia ; Azerbaijan ; Georgia
    • China: China
    • Eastern Asia: Japan ; Korea ; Taiwan
    • Western Asia: Turkey
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia
    • New Zealand: New Zealand
  • Europe

    • Eastern Europe: Belarus ; Lithuania ; Moldova ; Russian Federation-European part European part; Ukraine
    • Middle Europe: Austria ; Belgium ; Czech Republic ; Germany ; Hungary ; Netherlands ; Poland ; Slovakia ; Switzerland
    • Northern Europe: Denmark ; Norway ; United Kingdom
    • Southeastern Europe: Albania ; Bulgaria ; Greece ; Italy ; Romania ; Serbia
    • Southwestern Europe: France ; Portugal ; Spain
  • Pacific

    • North-Central Pacific: United States Hawaii
  • Southern America

    • Caribbean: Bahamas

  • Cultivated

  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Caribbean: Dominican Republic ; West Indies

  • Adventive

  • Africa

    • Northern Africa: Algeria
  • Europe

    • Eastern Europe: Estonia ; Latvia
    • Northern Europe: Ireland
    • Southeastern Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina ; Croatia ; Slovenia


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Check other web resources for Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. :


  • Fruits: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image