Cyanthillium cinereum (L.) H.Rob., Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 103 252 (1990)

(Latin for 'ash-grey')

Blumea esquirolii H. Léveillé & Vaniot
Cacalia arguta Kuntze
Cacalia cinerea (L.) Kuntze
Cacalia erigerodes Kuntze
Cacalia exilis Kuntze
Cacalia kroneana Kuntze
Cacalia linifolia DC.
Cacalia rotundifolia Willd.
Cacalia vialis Kuntze
Calea cordata Lour.
Cineraria glaberrima Spreng. ex DC.
Conyza chinensis L.
Conyza chinensis Lam.
Conyza cinerea L.
Conyza heterophylla Lam.
Conyza incana DC.
Conyza prolifera Lam.
Crassocephalum flatmense Hochst. & Steud. ex DC.
Cyanopis decurrens Zoll. & Mor.
Cyanthillium cinereum var. ovatum Isawumi
Cyanthillium cinereum var. viale (DC.) Isawumi
Eupatorium arboreum Reinw. ex de Vriese
Eupatorium luzoniensis Llanos
Eupatorium myosotifolium Jacq.
Eupatorium sinuatum Lour. [Illegitimate]
Pteronia tomentosa Lour.
Seneciodes cinereum (L.) Kuntze
Serratula cinerea (L.) Roxburgh
Vernonia abbreviata (Wallich) Candolle
Vernonia arguta Baker
Vernonia betonicaefolia Baker
Vernonia cinerea (L.) Less.
Vernonia cinerea var. parviflora (Reinwardt) Candolle
Vernonia exilis Miq.
Vernonia fasciculata Blume
Vernonia kroneana Miq.
Vernonia parviflora Reinwardt
Vernonia vialis DC

Herbs, annual or perennial, to 100 cm tall. Root vertical, ± woody, branched, with fibrous roots. Stems erect, usually branched above, or rarely from base, striate, gray adpressed puberulent with T-shaped hairs, glandular. Lower and middle leaves: petiole 10–20 mm, leaf blade rhombic-ovate, rhombic-oblong, or ovate, 3–6.5 × 1.5–3 cm, abaxially gray-white or yellowish puberulent, especially along veins, both surfaces glandular, adaxially green, sparsely puberulent, lateral veins 3- or 4-paired, base cuneately attenuate into winged petiole, margin remotely mucronate-serrate, or repand, apex acute or slightly obtuse; upper leaves progressively smaller, shortly petiolate or subsessile, narrowly oblong-lanceolate or linear. Synflorescences terminal, flat-topped, panicles branching often rather divaricate. Capitula many, rarely few, 6–8 mm in diam.; peduncles 5–15 mm; bracteoles linear, sometimes absent, densely puberulent. Involucre campanulate, 4–5 × 6–8 mm; phyllaries 4-seriate, green or sometimes becoming purple, outer linear, 1.5–2 mm, puberulent and glandular, apex acuminate, median linear, inner linear-lanceolate, spinescent, 1-veined or sometimes conspicuously 3-veined in upper part. Receptacle flat, foveolate. Florets 19–28; corolla reddish purple, tubular, 5–6 mm, sparsely puberulent, glandular; lobes linear-lanceolate, puberulent and glandular at apex. Achenes cylindrical, ca. 2 mm, densely puberulent and glandular. Pappus 2-seriate, white; outer setae many, short; inner setae 4–5 mm, scabrid. Fl. year-round. 2n = 18. [data from Flora of China]

Growing on open waste places throughout settled areas at low and medium altitudes; common weed, flowering all year.

India, China and Japan to New Guinea and Australia; Eastern and southern Africa.

The seeds yield a fatty oil and are used as an anthelmintic and alexipharmic; they are said to be quite effective against roundworms and threadworms. They are also given for coughs, flatulence, intestinal colic and dysuria and for leucoderma, psoriasis and other chronic skin-diseases. The seeds are made into a paste with lime juice and used for destroying pediculi.

Local names
China: Ye Xiang Niu (China). English: Ash-coloured fleabane, Iron weed, Purple fleabane.
India: Sahadevi (Sanskrit).
Others: Agas moro, Bulabod, Kolong kugon, Magmansi, Sagit, Tagulinai, Tagulinau.