Taxon: Elephantopus scaber L.

Genus: Elephantopus
Family: Asteraceae (alt.Compositae)
Subfamily: Cichorioideae
Tribe: Vernonieae
Subtribe: Elephantopinae
Nomen number: 401632
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:814. 1753
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 08-Mar-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 08-Mar-2012
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • erva-colégio  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • erva-grossa  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • suçuaiá  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • di dan cao  (Source: F ChinaEng) - Transcribed Chinese

Economic Importance:

  • Medicines: folklore (fide Pl Res SEAs 12(1):253. 1999)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Pl Book)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya ; Tanzania ; Uganda
    • South Tropical Africa: Angola ; Malawi ; Mozambique ; Zambia ; Zimbabwe
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Burundi ; Rwanda ; Zaire
  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Jiangxi, Yunnan, Zhejiang
    • Eastern Asia: Japan , Ryukyu Islands; Taiwan
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Bhutan ; India ; Nepal ; Sri Lanka
    • Malesia: Malaysia
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia Northern Territory, Queensland

  • Naturalized

  • Asia-Tropical

    • Malesia: Philippines


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  • Figueiredo, E. & G. F. Smith Plants of Angola. Strelitzia 22: 1-279. 2008 (Pl Angol)
  • Grierson, A. J. C. & D. J. Long Flora of Bhutan including a record of plants from Sikkim. (F Bhutan)
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  • Merrill, E. D. An enumeration of Philippine flowering plants. (F Philipp)
  • Padua, L. S. de et al., eds. 1999. Medicinal and poisonous plants 1 (Pl Res SEAs) 12(1):253.
  • Sharma, B. D. et al., eds. Flora of India. (F India)
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  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. (F TE Afr)
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  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. Flora of China (English edition). (F ChinaEng)

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