Taxon: Scoparia dulcis L.

Genus: Scoparia
Family: Plantaginaceae
Tribe: Gratioleae
Nomen number: 33402
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:116. 1753
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 01-Jun-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 01-Jun-1995
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

  • scoparia-weed  (Source: Aust Pl Common Names) - English
  • sweet-broom  (Source: F LAnt) - English
  • tapeiçava  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • tapixaba  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • tupixava  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • vassourinha  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • vassourinha-doce  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • vassourinha-miúda  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • escobilla  (Source: F Guat) - Spanish

Economic Importance:

  • Medicines: folklore (fide K. Barringer, pers. comm.; CRC MedHerbs ed2)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant ()

Distributional Range:

    Naturalized (widely natzd. in tropics & subtropics)

    Other (origin neotropics)


  1. Aubréville, A. et al., eds. Flore du Cambodge du Laos et du Viet-Nam. (F CambLVN)
  2. Barringer, K. 1996. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  3. Brako, L. & J. L. Zarucchi Catalogue of the flowering plants and gymnosperms of Peru. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 45. 1993 (L Peru)
  4. Duke, J. A. et al. CRC Handbook of medicinal herbs. 2002 (CRC MedHerbs ed2)
  5. Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  6. Harling, G. & B. Sparre, eds. Flora of Ecuador. (F Ecuador)
  7. Holm, L. et al. A geographical atlas of world weeds. 1979 (Atlas WWeed)
  8. Howard, R. Flora of the lesser Antilles. (F LAnt)
  9. Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS) Australian plant common name database (on-line resource). (Aust Pl Common Names)
  10. Personal Care Products Council International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI)
  11. Smitinand, T. & K. Larsen, eds. Flora of Thailand. (F Thailand)
  12. Standley, P. C. & J. A. Steyermark Flora of Guatemala. (F Guat)
  13. Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. Flora of China (English edition). (F ChinaEng)

Check other web resources for Scoparia dulcis L. :

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2018. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: Accessed 22 June 2018.