Elephantopus scaber L.
Linnaeus, C. (1753) Species Plantarum Edn. 1 2: 814. Type: Habitat in Indiis.
Herb with a basal rosette of leaves.
Leaf blades 60-100 x 20-28 mm, petioles up to 5 mm long but difficult to distinguish from the attenuate base of the leaf blades which often clasps the stem. Surfaces of the leaf blade finely warty, clothed in white hairs (somewhat scabrous) and densely glandular. Leaves on non flowering branches scattered along stems.
Inflorescence dichotomously branched; flower heads glomerate, 20-50 together, glomerules single or double on peduncles 4-20 cm long with scabrid appressed hairs; bearing 3 cordate to deltoid-ovate leaves at the base of the glomerules. Glomerules surrounded by a row of boat-shaped sharply acuminate scales; heads 4-flowered, 8-10 x 2 mm thick. Involucre with 2 rows of 4 scales; corolla 7-9 mm long, glabrous, style hairy in upper part.
Features not available.
A weed of disturbed places. Leaves used as a medicine in India (Webb 1948).