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
Link to protologue:
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 (as Vernonia galamensis)

Distributional Range:


    • MACARONESIA: Cape Verde
    • NORTHEAST TROPICAL AFRICA: Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan
    • EAST TROPICAL AFRICA: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
    • WEST-CENTRAL TROPICAL AFRICA: Cameroon, Central African Republic
    • WEST TROPICAL AFRICA: Benin, Cote D'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone
    • SOUTH TROPICAL AFRICA: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe


  1. PROTABASE, the information base of PROTA (Plant Resources of Tropical Africa) (on-line resource). (PROTA4U)
  2. Baye, T. & H. C. Becker 2005. Genetic variability and interrelationship of traits in the industrial oil crop Vernonia galamensis (Euphytica) 142:120.
  3. 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.
  4. Robinson, H. 1999. Revisions in paleotropical Vernonieae (Asteraceae) Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 112:220-247.
  5. Robinson, H. & J. J. Skvarla 2010. The restoration of the genus Vernonella Sond. (Vernonieae: Asteraceae) Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 123:187.

Check other web resources for Centrapalus pauciflorus (Willd.) H. Rob. :

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 April 2018.