Taxon: Centrapalus pauciflorus (Willd.) H. Rob.

Genus: Centrapalus
Family: Asteraceae (alt.Compositae)
  Subfamily: Cichorioideae
      Tribe: Vernonieae
        Subtribe: Centrapalinae
Nomen number: 462428
Place of publication: Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 112:236. 1999
Name Verified on: 21-Jan-2011 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 21-Jan-2011
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7)
Accessions: 13 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Materials: potential as lipids (seeds as a source of epoxy acid fide Econ Bot 40:54-68. 1986, as Vernonia galamensis; PROTA4U, as potential source of vernolic acid, as Vernonia galamensis)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide PROTA4U, as Vernonia galamensis)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    • Macaronesia: Cape Verde
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Chad; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Somalia; Sudan
    • South Tropical Africa: Malawi; Mozambique; Zimbabwe
    • West Tropical Africa: Benin; Cote D'Ivoire; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Mali; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon; Central African Republic


  • PROTABASE, the information base of PROTA (Plant Resources of Tropical Africa) (on-line resource). (PROTA4U)
  • Baye, T. & H. C. Becker 2005. Genetic variability and interrelationship of traits in the industrial oil crop Vernonia galamensis (Euphytica) 142:120.
  • Baye, T. & H. C. Becker 2005. Exploration of Vernonia galamensis in Ethiopia, and variation in fatty acid composition of seed oil Genet. Resources Crop Evol. 52:806.
  • Robinson, H. 1999. Revisions in paleotropical Vernonieae (Asteraceae) Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 112:220-247.
  • Robinson, H. & J. J. Skvarla 2010. The restoration of the genus Vernonella Sond. (Vernonieae: Asteraceae) Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 123:187.


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