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Cyanthillium cinereum
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Cyanthillium cinereum (little ironweed)

Summary

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  • Invasive Species
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  • Natural Enemy
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Cyanthillium cinereum
  • Preferred Common Name
  • little ironweed
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae
  • Summary of Invasiveness
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Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Cyanthillium cinereum (L.) H. Rob

Preferred Common Name

  • little ironweed

Other Scientific Names

  • Blumea esquirolii H.Lev. & Vaniot
  • Cacalia arguta Kuntze
  • Cacalia cinerea (L.) Kuntze
  • Cacalia erigerodes Kuntze
  • Cacalia exilis Kuntze
  • Cacalia kroneana Kuntze
  • Cacalia linfolia DC.
  • Cacalia rotundifolia Willd.
  • Cacalia vialis Kuntze
  • Calea cordata Lour.
  • Cineraria glaberrima Spreng. ex DC.
  • Conyza chinensis L.
  • Conyza cinerea L.
  • Conzya heterophylla Lam.
  • Conzya incana DC.
  • Conzya prolifera Lam.
  • Crassocephalum flatmense Hochst. & Steud. ex DC.
  • Cyanopis decurrens Zoll. & Mor.
  • Eupatorium arboreum Reinw. ex de Vriese
  • Eupatorium myosotifolium Jacq.
  • Pteronia tomentosa Lour.
  • Seneciodes cinereum (L.) Kuntze
  • Serratula cinerea (L.) Roxb.
  • Vernonia abbreviata DC.
  • Vernonia arguta Baker
  • Vernonia betonicaefolia Baker
  • Vernonia cinerea (L.) Less.
  • Vernonia exilis Miq.
  • Vernonia fasciculata Blume
  • Vernonia kroneana Miq.
  • Vernonia vialis DC.

International Common Names

  • English: ironweed; small ironweed; vernonia
  • Spanish: machadita; rabo de buey; yerba morada
  • French: ayapana sauvage
  • Chinese: ye xiang niu

Local Common Names

  • Cuba: machadita
  • Fiji: kaukamea; tho vuka; vutikaumondro
  • India: ankari; ankta; pokasubgo; sahaderi; sandri
  • Indonesia: maryuna
  • Japan: mura-saki-mukashi-yomogi; reinan-nogiku; yambaru-higotai
  • Lesser Antilles: inflammation bush; iron bush; measle bush
  • Malaysia: rumput taki babi; tambak-tambak
  • Mauritius: ayapa sauvage
  • Nigeria: bojure
  • Philippines: agas-moro; bulak-manok; kolong-kugon
  • Puerto Rico: rabo de buey; yerba socialista
  • Sri Lanka: alavangu pillu; monara kudumbiya
  • Thailand: kaan thuup; yaa dok khaao; yaa-saam-wan; ya-la-ong

Summary of Invasiveness

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C. cinereum is a cosmopolitan weed common in disturbed areas in tropical and subtropical regions of the world (Randall, 2012). It is a fast-growing, annual herb with the capacity to form dense patches in gardens, roadsides, waste grounds and pasture (Holm et al., 1997). Currently, this species is considered invasive in many islands in the Pacific Ocean (e.g. Hawaii, Fiji, French Polynesia and Micronesia), New Zealand, Singapore, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Galápagos Islands, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands (see distribution table for details; Chong et al., 2009; Chacon and Saborio, 2012; González-Torres et al., 2012; PIER, 2013).

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Dicotyledonae
  •                     Order: Asterales
  •                         Family: Asteraceae
  •                             Genus: Cyanthillium
  •                                 Species: Cyanthillium cinereum

Notes on Taxonomy and Nomenclature

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The family Asteraceae is one of the most diverse groups among flowering plants including 1620 genera and about 23,600 species (Stevens, 2012). Species in the Asteraceae are very variable vegetatively, but may be recognized by their “capitulate” and involucrate inflorescences in which numerous small flowers open first on the outside and are infrequently subtended by bracts. The anthers in this family are usually fused and form a tube through which the style extends before the two stigmatic lobes separate and become recurved. The rather small, single-seeded fruits usually have a plumose “pappus” and are frequently dispersed by wind (Stevens, 2012).

The genus Cyanthillium has been used as a synonym of Vernonia, while other botanists have treated both genera as distinct. Currently, both genera are treated separately and Cyanthillium is distinguished from Vernonia by its smooth to finely 5-striate (vs. 5-10-ribbed) achenes, and by its echinolophate (vs. tricolporate) pollen, and by base chromosome number usually reported as 2n = 18 or 20 (vs. 2n = 34). Currently five species are recognized within Cyanthillium (Funk and Pruski, 1996).

Description

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Annual herb, to 80 (-150) cm tall. Stems unbranched or more commonly few-branched. Leaves petiolate or distal ones sessile; petioles to 1.5 cm, narrowly winged; blade 1.5-5 × 1-1.5(4) cm, obovate or less often elliptic or ovate, base cuneate, apex acute to obtuse, lower surface pilose, usually glandular. Inflorescence of 5 to numerous heads, 13-20-flowered; involucre 2.5-3 mm long; outer phyllaries much reduced, inner phyllaries subequal. Corolla 3-4 mm, exserted 1.5-2 mm from involucre, the tube long and narrow, 2-3 mm, the limbs short, pilose. Achenes 1.2–2 mm long, subfusiform, terete not ribbed, inner pappus white, exserted from involucre and nearly as long as the corollas (Funk and Pruski, 1996).

Plant Type

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Herbaceous
Seed propagated

Distribution

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C. cinereum is native to Africa, tropical and temperate Asia, and Australia (USDA-ARS, 2013). It is widely naturalized in tropical regions in America and islands in the Pacific (PIER, 2013; USDA-ARS, 2013).   

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes

Africa

BeninPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
BurundiPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
CameroonPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
Central African RepublicPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
Congo, Democratic Republic of thePresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
Côte d'IvoirePresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
EritreaPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
EswatiniPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
EthiopiaPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
GabonPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
GhanaPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
GuineaPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
Guinea-BissauPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
KenyaPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
LiberiaPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
MadagascarPresentNativeMadagascar Catalogue (2012)
MaliPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
MayottePresentIntroducedInvasiveWhistler (1983)
NigerPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
RéunionPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
RwandaPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
SenegalPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
SeychellesPresentIntroducedInvasiveUSDA-ARS (2013)
Sierra LeonePresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
SomaliaPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
South AfricaPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
TanzaniaPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
TogoPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
UgandaPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)

Asia

BangladeshPresentHolm et al. (1997)Weed
BhutanPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
British Indian Ocean Territory
-Chagos ArchipelagoPresentIntroducedInvasiveWhistler (1996)
ChinaPresentCABI (Undated)Present based on regional distribution.
-FujianPresentNativeFlora of China Editorial Committee (2012)Considered a weed
-GuangdongPresentNativeFlora of China Editorial Committee (2012)Considered a weed
-GuangxiPresentNativeFlora of China Editorial Committee (2012)Considered a weed
-HubeiPresentNativeFlora of China Editorial Committee (2012)Considered a weed
-HunanPresentNativeFlora of China Editorial Committee (2012)Considered a weed
-JiangxiPresentNativeFlora of China Editorial Committee (2012)Considered a weed
-SichuanPresentNativeFlora of China Editorial Committee (2012)Considered a weed
-YunnanPresentNativeFlora of China Editorial Committee (2012)Considered a weed
-ZhejiangPresentNativeFlora of China Editorial Committee (2012)Considered a weed
IndiaPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
IndonesiaPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
JapanPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
-KyushuPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
-Ryukyu IslandsPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
MalaysiaPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
MaldivesPresentPIER (2013)
MyanmarPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
OmanPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
PhilippinesPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
SingaporePresentInvasiveChong et al. (2009)
Sri LankaPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
TaiwanPresentNativeFlora of China Editorial Committee (2012)Considered a weed
ThailandPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
VietnamPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
YemenPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)

North America

AnguillaPresentIntroducedAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
Antigua and BarbudaPresentIntroducedAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
BahamasPresentIntroducedAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
BarbadosPresentIntroducedAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
BelizePresentIntroducedBalick et al. (2000)
British Virgin IslandsPresentIntroducedUSDA-ARS (2013)Guana, Tortola, Virgin Gorda
Costa RicaPresentIntroducedInvasiveChacón and Saborío (2012)
CubaPresentIntroducedInvasiveGonzález-Torres et al. (2012)Highly invasive
DominicaPresentIntroducedAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
Dominican RepublicPresentIntroducedAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
GrenadaPresentIntroducedAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
GuatemalaPresentIntroducedInvasivePruski (2013)
HaitiPresentIntroducedAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
HondurasPresentIntroducedInvasivePruski (2013)
JamaicaPresentIntroducedCABI (Undated a)
MartiniquePresentIntroducedAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
MexicoPresentIntroducedVibrans (2009)Weed
MontserratPresentIntroducedAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
Netherlands AntillesPresentIntroducedAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)Saba, St. Marteen
NicaraguaPresentIntroducedInvasivePruski (2013)
PanamaPresentIntroducedInvasivePruski (2013)
Puerto RicoPresentIntroducedInvasiveAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
Saint Kitts and NevisPresentIntroducedAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
Saint LuciaPresentIntroducedGraveson (2012)
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesPresentIntroducedAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
Trinidad and TobagoPresentIntroducedUSDA-ARS (2013)
U.S. Virgin IslandsPresentIntroducedInvasiveAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
United StatesPresentCABI (Undated)Present based on regional distribution.
-FloridaPresentIntroducedUSDA-ARS (2013)
-HawaiiPresentIntroducedInvasiveWagner et al. (1999)

Oceania

American SamoaPresentIntroducedInvasiveWhistler (1983)
AustraliaPresentCABI (Undated)Present based on regional distribution.
-New South WalesPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
-Northern TerritoryPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
-QueenslandPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
-Western AustraliaPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
Christmas IslandPresentIntroducedInvasiveOrchard (1993)
Cook IslandsPresentIntroducedMcCormack (2007)
Federated States of MicronesiaPresentInvasiveHerrera et al. (2010)This species has been listed as native for this archipelago
FijiPresentIntroducedInvasiveSmith (1991)
French PolynesiaPresentIntroducedInvasiveFlorence et al. (2013)
GuamPresentIntroducedInvasiveStone (1970)
KiribatiPresentIntroducedInvasiveFosberg and Stoddart (1994)Formerly listed as native
Marshall IslandsPresentInvasivePIER (2013)Listed as native for some islands and naturalised and invasive for other islands
NauruPresentIntroducedInvasiveThaman et al. (1994)Formerly listed as native
New CaledoniaPresentIntroducedInvasiveGargominy et al. (1996)
NiuePresentIntroducedInvasiveSpace et al. (2004)
Northern Mariana IslandsPresentInvasivePIER (2013)Listed as native for some islands and naturalised and invasive for other islands
PalauPresentNativeWagner et al. (2013)
Papua New GuineaPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2013)
PitcairnPresentIntroducedInvasiveFlorence et al. (2013)
SamoaPresentWhistler (1988)
Solomon IslandsPresentPIER (2013)
TongaPresentIntroducedInvasivePIER (2013)
TuvaluPresentPIER (2013)
U.S. Minor Outlying IslandsPresentIntroducedInvasivePIER (2013)
VanuatuPresentPIER (2013)
Wallis and FutunaPresentIntroducedInvasiveMeyer (2007)

South America

BrazilPresentCABI (Undated)Present based on regional distribution.
-AmazonasPresentIntroducedForzza RC et al. (2012)
-BahiaPresentIntroducedForzza RC et al. (2012)
-Minas GeraisPresentIntroducedForzza RC et al. (2012)
-ParaPresentIntroducedForzza RC et al. (2012)
-PernambucoPresentIntroducedForzza RC et al. (2012)
-Rio de JaneiroPresentIntroducedForzza RC et al. (2012)
-Sao PauloPresentIntroducedForzza RC et al. (2012)
EcuadorPresentCABI (Undated)Present based on regional distribution.
-Galapagos IslandsPresentIntroducedInvasiveCharles Darwin Foundation (2008)
French GuianaPresentIntroducedNaturalizedFunk et al. (2007)Naturalised
GuyanaPresentIntroducedNaturalizedFunk et al. (2007)Naturalised
SurinamePresentIntroducedNaturalizedFunk et al. (2007)Naturalised
VenezuelaPresentIntroducedNaturalizedHokche et al. (2008)Naturalised

History of Introduction and Spread

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The history of introduction of C. cinereum is uncertain. It is highly probable that the species has been introduced accidentally as a contaminant or as a weed in nursery materials (Holm et al., 1997). For the West Indies, herbarium collections show that it was first collected in Jamaica in 1882 (US Herbarium Collection). In Central America the date of introduction is unclear but since the 1950s the species appears listed as a weed (Cardenas and Coulston, 1967).

Risk of Introduction

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The risk of introduction of C. cinereum is high. This species is easily dispersed by wind and has the potential to grow as a weed in ruderal areas, and agricultural and pasture lands. C. cinereum has been reported as a weed in 27 crops in 47 countries in Asia, East and West Africa and the Caribbean (Holm et al., 1997). Consequently, this species has the potential to spread much further than it has to date.

Habitat

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C. cinereum is a common weed in coastal areas, beaches, cultivated areas, disturbed areas, pastures, roadsides, rocky areas, savannas, secondary vegetation, and gardens. In Africa (within its native distribution range), this species grows at lower altitudes (0-800 m) in woodlands and grasslands (PROTA4U, 2013).

Habitat List

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CategorySub-CategoryHabitatPresenceStatus
Terrestrial
 
Terrestrial – ManagedCultivated / agricultural land Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Cultivated / agricultural land Present, no further details Natural
Managed forests, plantations and orchards Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Managed forests, plantations and orchards Present, no further details Natural
Managed grasslands (grazing systems) Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Managed grasslands (grazing systems) Present, no further details Natural
Disturbed areas Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Disturbed areas Present, no further details Natural
Rail / roadsides Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Rail / roadsides Present, no further details Natural
Urban / peri-urban areas Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Urban / peri-urban areas Present, no further details Natural
Terrestrial ‑ Natural / Semi-naturalNatural forests Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Natural forests Present, no further details Natural
Natural grasslands Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Natural grasslands Present, no further details Natural
Littoral
Coastal areas Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Coastal areas Present, no further details Natural

Hosts/Species Affected

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C. cinereum is reported as a weed in 27 crops in 47 countries (Holm et al., 1997).

Serious weed in:

  • sugarcane, cotton, groundnuts and wheat in India
  • pastures in Australia, India, Nigeria and Thailand
  • rice in Philippines;
  • taro in Samoa. 

Common weed in:

  • banana in Surinam and Tonga
  • cassava in Surinam
  • cocoa in Indonesia
  • citrus in Surinam
  • cotton in the Philippines
  • maize in India
  • oil palm in Surinam
  • pastures in Australia, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Jamaica
  • pineapple in Hawaii
  • rice in Surinam, India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka
  • rubber in Indonesia and Thailand
  • sugarcane in Bangladesh, Hawaii, and the Philippines
  • taro in Tonga
  • tea in India and Indonesia
  • vegetables in Surinam and Thailand 

Unranked weed in:

  • abaca (Musa textilis) in the Philippines
  • cocoa in Dominican Republic
  • cassava in India, Indonesia, and Nigeria
  • coconut in Sri Lanka and Surinam
  • coffee in Dominican Republic
  • cotton in Mozambique and Tanzania
  • legumes and tomatoes in the Philippines
  • macadamia nut in Hawaii
  • maize in Cambodia, Gambia, Indonesia, Nigeria, the Philippines and Zambia
  • pastures in the Philippines
  • groundnuts in Indonesia and Nigeria
  • rice in Laos, Thailand and Vietnam
  • rubber and tea in Sri Lanka
  • sugarcane in British Guiana, Dominican Republic, Laos and Vietnam
  • tobacco in the Philippines

Host Plants and Other Plants Affected

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Growth Stages

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Biology and Ecology

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Genetics

C. cinereum plants are diploid with a chromosome number of 2n = 18 (Holm et al., 1997; Pruski 2013). 

Reproductive Biology

Flowers in C. cinereum are pollinated by wind. Probably the most common reproduction system in this genus is allogamy with a sporophytic self-incompatibility (Holm et al., 1997; Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2012).

Physiology and Phenology

C. cinereum is an annual herb and under favourable environmental conditions it produces flowers and seeds for many months (Holm et al., 1997; Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2012).   

Environmental Requirements

C. cinereum usually grows as a weed, thus it needs full sunlight and moderate water availability to grow. It prefers sandy-loam soils but can be found growing on a range of soils with pH ranging from 4 to 6. It is able to tolerate semiarid conditions as well as partial salinity conditions (PROTA4U, 2013).

Climate

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ClimateStatusDescriptionRemark
Af - Tropical rainforest climate Preferred > 60mm precipitation per month
Am - Tropical monsoon climate Preferred Tropical monsoon climate ( < 60mm precipitation driest month but > (100 - [total annual precipitation(mm}/25]))
As - Tropical savanna climate with dry summer Preferred < 60mm precipitation driest month (in summer) and < (100 - [total annual precipitation{mm}/25])
Aw - Tropical wet and dry savanna climate Preferred < 60mm precipitation driest month (in winter) and < (100 - [total annual precipitation{mm}/25])
BS - Steppe climate Tolerated > 430mm and < 860mm annual precipitation
Cs - Warm temperate climate with dry summer Tolerated Warm average temp. > 10°C, Cold average temp. > 0°C, dry summers
Cw - Warm temperate climate with dry winter Tolerated Warm temperate climate with dry winter (Warm average temp. > 10°C, Cold average temp. > 0°C, dry winters)

Rainfall Regime

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Soil Tolerances

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Soil drainage

  • free

Soil reaction

  • acid
  • neutral

Soil texture

  • heavy
  • light
  • medium

Special soil tolerances

  • saline

Means of Movement and Dispersal

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C. cinereum spreads by seeds which are adapted to wind dispersal. In addition, seeds may be secondarily dispersed as a contaminant in crop seeds, pasture seeds and in agricultural machinery (Holm et al., 1997; Pruski 2013).

Pathway Causes

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CauseNotesLong DistanceLocalReferences
Crop productionProbably dispersed as a seed and crop contaminant Yes Yes Holm et al., 1997
DisturbanceCommon weed Yes Yes Holm et al., 1997
Escape from confinement or garden escapeCommon weed Yes Yes Holm et al., 1997
ForageCommon weed in pasturelands Yes Yes Holm et al., 1997
Garden waste disposalCommon weed in gardens Yes Yes Holm et al., 1997
HorticultureCommon weed Yes Yes Holm et al., 1997
Medicinal useUsed in African traditional herb medicine Yes Yes Prota4U, 2013

Pathway Vectors

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VectorNotesLong DistanceLocalReferences
Machinery and equipmentSeeds Yes Yes Holm et al., 1997
Soil, sand and gravelSeeds Yes Yes Holm et al., 1997
WaterSeeds Yes Yes Holm et al., 1997

Impact Summary

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CategoryImpact
Economic/livelihood Negative
Environment (generally) Negative
Human health Positive and negative

Economic Impact

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C. cinereum is a weed with important economic impacts mainly in agriculture, pasture and garden activities. It is listed as a weed in about 27 different crops in 47 countries in Asia, Australia, Africa and America. In addition, C. cinereum has the potential to negatively impact natural and seminatural habitats in coastal areas, forest edges, secondary forests, upland forests, and grasslands (Pruski, 2013).

C. cinereum can host the tobacco leaf curl virus and the root-knot nematode (Holm et al., 1997).

Threatened Species

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Threatened SpeciesConservation StatusWhere ThreatenedMechanismReferencesNotes
Schiedea spergulina var. leiopodaNational list(s); USA ESA listing as endangered speciesHawaiiCompetition - monopolizing resourcesUS Fish and Wildlife Service, 2010

Risk and Impact Factors

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  • Invasive in its native range
  • Proved invasive outside its native range
  • Has a broad native range
  • Abundant in its native range
  • Highly adaptable to different environments
  • Is a habitat generalist
  • Tolerates, or benefits from, cultivation, browsing pressure, mutilation, fire etc
  • Pioneering in disturbed areas
  • Highly mobile locally
  • Benefits from human association (i.e. it is a human commensal)
  • Fast growing
Impact outcomes
  • Damaged ecosystem services
  • Ecosystem change/ habitat alteration
  • Loss of medicinal resources
  • Modification of successional patterns
  • Monoculture formation
  • Negatively impacts agriculture
  • Negatively impacts cultural/traditional practices
  • Negatively impacts forestry
Impact mechanisms
  • Competition - monopolizing resources
  • Pest and disease transmission
  • Rapid growth
Likelihood of entry/control
  • Highly likely to be transported internationally accidentally
  • Difficult to identify/detect as a commodity contaminant
  • Difficult/costly to control

Uses

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Leaves of C. cinereum have some antibiotic activity and consequently they are frequently used in traditional medicine in India to treat conjunctivitis, dropsy and urinary disorders. In the Philippines, this species is used as an infusion for cough and skin diseases. A poultice from leaves reduces headaches while a root decoction relieves stomach aches and diarrhea. In Thailand, the leaves are used in the treatment of asthma and bronchitis (Holm et al., 1997; PROTA4U, 2013). The young shoots are eaten as a cooked vegetable in Java (PROTA4U, 2013).

Uses List

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Medicinal, pharmaceutical

  • Traditional/folklore

Similarities to Other Species/Conditions

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Species of Cyanthillium can be confused with species in the genus Vernonia. These two genera can be distinguished by the following characters:

  1. In Cyanthillium the cypselae is smooth to finely 5-striate while in Vernonia cypselae is 5-10-ribbed.
  2. Pollen in Cyanthillium is echinolophate while in Vernonia pollen is tricolporate
  3. The chromosome number usually reported for Cyanthillium species is 2n = 18 or 20 and for Vernonia species is 2n = 34.

The species C. cinereum is recognized by the slender, ribbed stem, shallowly toothed leaves and the branched corymbs with bright purple to pinkish violet flower heads (Holm et al., 1997).

References

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Acevedo-Rodríguez P, Strong MT, 2012. Catalogue of the Seed Plants of the West Indies. Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, 98:1192 pp. Washington DC, USA: Smithsonian Institution. http://botany.si.edu/Antilles/WestIndies/catalog.htm

Balick MJ, Nee M, Atha DE, 2000. Checklist of the vascular plants of Belize. Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden, 85:1-246.

Cardenas J, Coulston L, 1967. Weeds: A List of Common and Scientific Names for Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Central America.

Chacón E, Saborío G, 2012. Red Interamericana de Información de Especies Invasoras, Costa Rica ([English title not available]). San José, Costa Rica: Asociación para la Conservación y el Estudio de la Biodiversidad. http://invasoras.acebio.org

Charles Darwin Foundation, 2008. Database inventory of introduced plant species in the rural and urban zones of Galapagos. Galapagos, Ecuador: Charles Darwin Foundation.

Chong KY, Tan HTW, Corlett RT, 2009. A checklist of the total vascular plant flora of Singapore: native, naturalised and cultivated species., Singapore: Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore, 273 pp.

Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2012. Flora of China Web. Cambridge, USA: Harvard University Herbaria. http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/

Florence J, Chevillotte H, Ollier C, Meyer J-Y, 2013. Base de données botaniques Nadeaud de l'Herbier de la Polynésie Française (PAP) (Botanical database of the Nadeaud Herbarium of French Polynesia). http://www.herbier-tahiti.pf

Forzza RC, Leitman PM, Costa AF, Carvalho Jr AA, et al. , 2012. List of species of the Flora of Brazil (Lista de espécies Flora do Brasil). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Rio de Janeiro Botanic Garden. http://floradobrasil.jbrj.gov.br/2012/

Fosberg FR, Stoddart DR, 1994. Flora of the Phoenix Islands, central Pacific. Atoll Research Bulletin, 393:60 pp.

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Smith AC, 1991. Flora Vitiensis nova: A new flora of Fiji., 5 Lawai, Kauai, Hawai`i, National Tropical Botanical Garden. 626 pp.

Space JC, Waterhouse BM, Newfield M, Bull C, 2004. Report to the Government of Niue and the United Nations Development Programme: Invasive Plant Species on Niue following Cyclone Heta., 76 pp. http://www.hear.org/pier/pdf/niue_report_20041217.pdf

Stone BC, 1970. The Flora of Guam. In: Micronesica, 6 1-659.

Thaman RR, Fosberg FR, Manner HI, Hassall DC, 1994. The flora of Nauru. In: Atoll Research Bulletin, 392 1-223.

USDA-ARS, 2013. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Online Database. Beltsville, Maryland, USA: National Germplasm Resources Laboratory. https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxon/taxonomysimple.aspx

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Wagner WL, Herbst DR, Weitzman A, Lorence DH, 2013. Flora of Micronesia. Flora of Micronesia (online)., National Tropical Botanical Garden and the Smithsonian Institution. http://botany.si.edu/pacificislandbiodiversity/micronesia/index.htm

Whistler W A, 1988. Checklist of the weed flora of Western Polynesia. An annotated list of the weed species of Samoa, Tonga, Niue, and Wallis and Futuna, along with the earliest dates of collection and the local names. In: Technical Paper, South Pacific Commission, 69 pp.

Whistler WA, 1983. The flora and vegetation of Swains Island. In: Atoll Research Bulletin, 262 25 pp.

Whistler WA, 1996. Botanical survey of Diego Garcia, Chagos Archipelago, British Indian Ocean Territory., Isle Botanica. 49 pp. http://www.zianet.com/tedmorris/dg/2005NRMP-Appendixe-botanicalsurvey.pdf

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Julissa Rojas-Sandoval, Department of Botany-Smithsonian NMNH, Washington DC, USA

Pedro Acevedo-Rodríguez, Department of Botany-Smithsonian NMNH, Washington DC, USA

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