Taxon: Acanthospermum hispidum DC.

Genus: Acanthospermum
Family: Asteraceae (alt.Compositae)
Nomen number: 1077
Place of publication: Prodr. 5:522. 1836
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 23-Feb-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 23-Feb-2012
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • bristly starbur  (Source: Noxweed Aust) - English
  • goat's-head  (Source: Noxweed Aust) - English
  • starbur  (Source: F Hawaii) - English
  • cabeça-de-boi  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • carrapicho-chifre-de-veado  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • carrapicho-de-carneiro  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • espinho-de-agulha  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • espinho-de-cigano  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • corona de la reina  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • cuagrilla  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish

Economic Importance:

  • Harmful organism host: crop diseases (fide WorldWeeds 9. 1997)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Noxweed Aust)

Distributional Range:



  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Caribbean: Dominican Republic ; Puerto Rico
    • Central America: Costa Rica ; El Salvador ; Guatemala ; Honduras ; Nicaragua
    • Northern South America: French Guiana ; Guyana ; Suriname ; Venezuela
    • Southern South America: Argentina ; Paraguay ; Uruguay
    • Western South America: Bolivia ; Colombia ; Peru

  • Naturalized

  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya ; Tanzania ; Uganda
    • Macaronesia: Cape Verde
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Eritrea ; Ethiopia
    • South Tropical Africa: Angola
    • Southern Africa: Botswana ; Namibia ; South Africa ; Swaziland
    • West Tropical Africa: Cote D'Ivoire ; Gambia ; Ghana ; Guinea ; Guinea-Bissau ; Liberia ; Mali ; Niger ; Nigeria ; Senegal ; Sierra Leone
    • Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar ; Mauritius ; Reunion
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Arabian Peninsula: Oman ; Yemen
    • China: China Guangdong, Yunnan
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Bhutan ; India ; Nepal ; Sri Lanka
    • Papuasia: Papua New Guinea
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia
  • Northern America

    • Mexico
    • Eastern Canada: Canada Ontario
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States New Jersey
    • Northwestern U.S.A.: United States Oregon
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia
  • Pacific

    • North-Central Pacific: United States Hawaii
    • South-Central Pacific: French Polynesia
  • Southern America

    • Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda Antigua; Dominica ; Guadeloupe ; Martinique ; Montserrat ; St. Kitts and Nevis St. Kitts; Virgin Islands (British) ; Virgin Islands (U.S.)

  • Adventive

  • Europe

    • Middle Europe: Belgium


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Check other web resources for Acanthospermum hispidum DC. :


  • Fruits: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image