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Adenostemma lavenia (L.) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 1:304. 1891.

Common synonyms

Verbesina lavenia L., Species Plantarum Edn. 1, 2: 902 (1753).

According to GBIF the accepted name of this species is Adenophyllum cooperi (A.Gray) Strother, Sida 11:376. 1986, and the database lists the following additional synonyms:

Adenostemma angustifolium Edgew.; Adenostemma aquaticum D.Don; Adenostemma dregei DC.; Adenostemma elatum D.Don; Adenostemma elatum var. laxum DC.; Adenostemma erectum (Sw.) DC.; Adenostemma fastigiatum (Blume) DC.; Adenostemma fastigiatum var. fastigiatum; Adenostemma fastigiatum var. macrophyllum (Blume) Miq.; Adenostemma glutinosum DC.; Adenostemma lanceolatum Miq.; Adenostemma latifolium D.Don; Adenostemma latifolium G.Don; Adenostemma lavenia (L.) Kuntze; Adenostemma lavenia f. angustifolium (C.B.Clarke) Kosterm.; Adenostemma lavenia f. lavenia; Adenostemma lavenia var. angustifolium (Arn.) Uniyal; Adenostemma lavenia var. aquaticum (D.Don) Kuntze; Adenostemma lavenia var. elatum (D.Don) Hochr.; Adenostemma lavenia var. fastigiatum (Blume) Hook.f.; Adenostemma lavenia var. fastigiatum (Blume) Hook.f. ex Kuntze; Adenostemma lavenia var. lanceolatum (Miq.) J.Kost.; Adenostemma lavenia var. latifolia (D.Don) C.B.Clarke; Adenostemma lavenia var. latifolia (D.Don) C.B.Clarke ex Kuntze; Adenostemma lavenia var. latifolium (D.Don) Hand.-Mazz.; Adenostemma lavenia var. latifolium (D.Don) Panigrahi; Adenostemma lavenia var. lavenia; Adenostemma lavenia var. microcephalum (DC.) J.Kost.; Adenostemma lavenia var. parviflorum (Blume) Hochr.; Adenostemma lavenia var. reticulatum (DC.) Panigrahi; Adenostemma lavenia var. rugosum (DC.); Adenostemma lavenia var. subsessilifolium J.Kost.; Adenostemma lavenia var. typicum J.Kost.; Adenostemma lavenia var. viscosum (J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.) M.R.Almeida; Adenostemma leiocarpum DC.; Adenostemma macrophyllum (Blume) DC.; Adenostemma macrophyllum var. repens (Blume) DC.; Adenostemma macrophyllum var. repens Blume; Adenostemma microcephalum DC.; Adenostemma natalense DC.; Adenostemma ovatum Miq.; Adenostemma parviflorum (Blume) DC.; Adenostemma parviflorum var. divaricatum DC.; Adenostemma perrottetii DC.; Adenostemma rivale Dalzell; Adenostemma rugosum DC.; Adenostemma viscosum J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.; Adenostemma viscosum var. angustifolium C.B.Clarke; Adenostemma viscosum var. angustifolium Hook.f.; Adenostemma viscosum var. brasilianum (Cass.) Baker in Mart.; Adenostemma viscosum var. commersonii Cass.; Adenostemma viscosum var. elatum (D.Don) C.B.Clarke; Adenostemma viscosum var. fastigiatum (Blume) Blume; Adenostemma viscosum var. fastigiatum (Blume) Blume ex C.B.Clarke; Adenostemma viscosum var. latifolium (D.Don) C.B.Clarke; Adenostemma viscosum var. lavenia Hook.f.; Adenostemma viscosum var. microcephalum (DC.) C.B.Clarke; Adenostemma viscosum var. parviflorum (Blume) Hook.f.; Adenostemma viscosum var. reticulatum (DC.) DC.; Adenostemma viscosum var. reticulatum (DC.) DC. ex C.B.Clarke; Adenostemma viscosum var. rugosum (DC.) C.B.Clarke; Adenostemma viscosum var. triangulare (DC.) Baker in Mart.; Adenostemma viscosum var. trisetum Miq.; Adenostemma viscosum var. typicum Hook.f.; Adenostemma viscosum var. verum Kurz; Adenostemma viscosum var. viscosum; Ageratum aquaticum Roxb.; Ageratum lavenia (L.) Kuntze; Ageratum strictum Sims; Anisopappus candelabrum Leveille; Clomenocoma cooperi (A.Gray) Rydb.; Clomenocoma laciniata Rydb.; Dyssodia cooperi A.Gray; Ethulia aquatica Roxb.; Ethulia aquatica Roxb. ex DC.; Lavenia alba Wall.; Lavenia aquatica Spreng.; Lavenia carnosa Wall.; Lavenia dentata Wall.; Lavenia divaricata Ham. DC.; Lavenia elata Spreng.; Lavenia erecta Sw.; Lavenia fastigiata Blume; Lavenia glutinosa Gaudich.; Lavenia latifolia Spreng.; Lavenia macrophylla Blume; Lavenia macrophylla var. repens Blume; Lavenia nudiflora DC.; Lavenia parviflora Blume; Lavenia rugosa Wight; Lavenia viscida Buch.-Ham.; Lebetina cooperi (A.Gray) A.Nelson

Common name

Sticky daisy


Propagule or dispersal unit is the fruit with pappus. Fertile part 2-4.2 mm long, 0.6-1.3 mm wide, in side view widest in upper part (obovoid), +/- straight or conspicuously curved, the upper (apical) end narrowing, in cross-section flattened and angular (prismatic), basal scar (carpopodium) pronounced and well-differentiated, off to the side (oblique) or at least asymmetric, rarely central, beak (=thinner sterile stalk between seed and pappus) absent, wings absent, fruit surface dark brown, smooth (except at cellular level) or with round protrusions or bumps (by misinterpretation), with no hairs (glabrous) (by misinterpretation) or glands or glandular hairs, thickened margin absent, longitudinal ribs present, 3(-5), their surfaces smooth or bumpy or notched (by misinterpretation), with no hairs (glabrous) (by misinterpretation) or glands or glandular hairs.

Pappus type bristles / hairs, pappus elements all +/- similar, up to 0.4-0.8 mm long, in one row, number of pappus elements three to five, persistent, the individual bristles smooth, clearly thickened at tips, brown.


Annual herb, fruits wind-dispersed. Tropical regions. Found in moist, shaded places such as along creeks in forest habitats.

Native range

Tropical Africa, eastern South Africa, southern, south-eastern and eastern tropical Asia (e.g Nepal, India, southern China, Thailand, Vietnam, Phillipines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea), northern and easternmost Australia.

Introduced range

Hawai'i, California, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil