Invasive Alien Species

Species Name: Crassocephalum crepidioides

Family Name:
Crassocephalum diversifolium Hiern
Gynura crepidiodes Benth.
Tropical Africa
Aromatic annual herb, 90-100 cm tall. Stem herbaceous, hollow, much branched. Leaves alternate, elliptic, oblong or obovate elliptic, often irregularly serrate, 8-18 cm x 2.5-5 cm , margin toothed, without leaf-stalk. Inflorescences with cylindrical heads, corolla yellow with reddish brown top; involucral bract is 8-12 mm green-dark brown; disk flower 9 mm long; achenes 2 mm long with silky white pappus of 10-12 mm.
Invaded Habitat:
Tea, cinchona, and potato plantations, vegetable fields, particularly in wet localities. Arable land, rivers, tidal areas and roadsides.
It was recorded for the first time in Indonesia in 1926 in Medan, North Sumatra.  In Indonesia it is found in Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan , Sulawesi  and parts of  Maluku  islands.
It flowers all the year round. It is found at altitudes varying from 15-200 m up to 2500 m alt.
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