Taxon: Canscora alata (Roth) Wall.

Genus: Canscora
Family: Gentianaceae
Tribe: Chironieae
Subtribe: Canscorinae
Nomen number: 418842
Place of publication: Numer. List 153, no. 4363. 1831
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 09-Aug-2001 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 29-Jun-2009
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Medicines: folklore (fide Herbs Commerce ed2; Wealth India RM ed2, as C. decussata)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Atlas WWeed, as C. decussata)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya ; Tanzania
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Sudan
    • South Tropical Africa: Malawi ; Mozambique ; Zambia
    • West Tropical Africa: Benin ; Cote D'Ivoire ; Ghana ; Guinea ; Guinea-Bissau ; Mali ; Nigeria ; Senegal ; Sierra Leone ; Togo
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon ; Central African Republic ; Gabon ; Zaire
    • Western Indian Ocean: Comoros ; Madagascar
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Bangladesh ; India ; Nepal ; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Myanmar ; Thailand


  • Humbert, J.-H., ed. Flore de Madagascar et des Comores. (F Madag)
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker Herbs of commerce, ed. 2. 2000 (Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Thiv, M. 2003. A taxonomic revision of Canscora, Cracosna, Duplipetala, Hoppea, Microrphium, Phyllocyclus, and Schinziella (Gentianaceae - Canscorinae) (Blumea) 48:6.


Check other web resources for Canscora alata (Roth) Wall. :

  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.