Blumea sylvatica (Blume) DC.
Candolle, A.P. de (1836) Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis 5: 447.
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub 1-1.5 m tall.
Inflorescence a panicle of heads. Heads consist mainly of female flowers with just a few hermaphrodite flowers in the centre. Individual flowers about 1 mm diam. Each flower surrounded by a ring of about 16-18 barbed hairs about 6 mm long. Perianth about 7 mm long. Staminal filaments about 3 mm long and free, anthers about 2 mm long, fused to form a tube around the style. Style about 9 mm long. Ovary hairy, stigma bilobed.
In upper Naitasiri Province, Fiji, the name viavia tobacco has been noted, and an extract from the leaves is used for sore eyes (St John 19287). A.C. Smith (991).
Conyza sylvatica Blume, Bijdragen tot de flora van Nederlandsch Indie 15: 899 (1826), Type: "in montanis Megamendung." (Java, Indonesia).