Taxon: Gymnanthemum amygdalinum (Delile) Sch. Bip.

Genus: Gymnanthemum
Family: Asteraceae (alt.Compositae)
Subfamily: Cichorioideae
Tribe: Vernonieae
Subtribe: Gymnantheminae
Nomen number: 419854
Place of publication: W. G. Walpers, Repert. bot. syst. 2:948. 1843
Link to protologue:
Comment: in addition to ascribing the new combination to him, Walper's acknowledged the contributions of Schultz-Bipontinus in his preface (p. vi), so he is the author of this name (Melbourne ICN Art. 46.2)
Name Verified on: 02-Jun-2008 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 21-May-2013
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7)
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: boundary/barrier/support (for hedges fide Mansf. Ency)
  • Environmental: ornamental (for hedges fide Mansf. Ency)
  • Human food: vegetable (fide L Edible Pl, as Vernonia amygdalina; Pl Book, as Vernonia amygdalina)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Comp Newsl 42:53. 2005, as Vernonia amygdalina)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya ; Tanzania ; Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Eritrea ; Ethiopia ; Sudan
    • South Tropical Africa: Angola ; Malawi ; Mozambique ; Zambia ; Zimbabwe
    • Southern Africa: Botswana ; South Africa KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga; Swaziland
    • West Tropical Africa: Benin ; Cote D'Ivoire ; Ghana ; Guinea ; Liberia ; Mali ; Nigeria ; Sierra Leone
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon ; Equatorial Guinea ; Zaire
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Arabian Peninsula: Yemen

  • Cultivated


  • Hanelt, P., ed. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6. 2001 (Mansf Ency)
  • Personal Care Products Council International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI)
  • Robinson, H. 1999. Generic and subtribal classification of American Vernonieae Smithsonian Contr. Bot. 89:69.
  • Robinson, H. 1999. Revisions in paleotropical Vernonieae (Asteraceae) Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 112:239.
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. 1952- (F TE Afr)


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