Tropical & S. Africa, Madagascar as per POWO;
South Africa (Limpopo, Mpulamanga, KwaZulu-Natal, E-Cape Prov.), Swaziland, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Benin, Bioko Isl. (Fernando Poo), Sao Tome, Gabon, Congo (Brazzaville), Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Senegal, Angola, Madagascar, Australia (I) (Queensland (I), New South Wales (I)), Java (I), Laos (I), Fiji (I), peninsular Malaysia (I), Christmas Isl. (Austr. (I)), Norfolk Isl. (I), China (I) (Jiangxi (I), Fujian (I), Hunan (I), Hubei (I), Guangdong (I), Guangxi (I), Guizhou (I), Yunnan (I), Sichuan (I)), Tibet (I), Japan (I), Korea (I), Thailand (I), Micronesia (I) (Pohnpei (I)), Palau Isl. (I) (Babeldaob (I), Urukthapel (I), Angaur (I)), Society Isl. (I) (Tahiti (I)), Southern Marianas (I) (Guam (I)), Tonga (I) (Late Isl. (I)), Niue (I), Rotuma Isl. (I), Mauritius (I), Turkey (I) (NE-Anatolia (I)), Yemen (I) (W-Yemen (I)), Dominican Republic (I), Puerto Rico (I), Costa Rica (I), Hawaii (I) (Kauai (I), Oahu (I), Molokai (I), Lanai (I), Maui (I), Hawaii Isl. (I)), Myanmar [Burma] (I) (Kachin (I), Mandalay (I), Magway (I)), India (I) (widespread), Sri Lanka (I), Bhutan (I), Darjeeling (I), Nepal (I), Philippines (I), Vietnam (I), Singapore (I), Bangladesh (I) as per CoL;
Thickhead, Fireweed, Redflower ragleaf, Tera paibi (Manipuri);

Flora of Manipur: Crassocephalum crepidioides – efloraofindia | Google Groups : 1 image.
Crassocephalum crepidioides, with nodding heads. Buds emit mango smell when crushed.

Gynura Bicolor

Date/Time- 22 Mar 2009

Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-Chandagal Village, Mysore district
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-Wild, Village
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb-Herb
Height/Length-approx –  ~ around  1 meter
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- Not clear in my photograph
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts =2cm=wasp-size, red-orange
Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.-Attracts difft. wasp species

Date/Time : 21st of October, 2008/ 9.52 am.
Location Place : Tea garden, Munnar … Altitude :  … GPS :
Habitat : Wild … Type :

Plant Habit : Herb … Height : small plant
Found these growing wild in a tea garden at Munnar.

Thickhead (Crassocephalum crepidioides)

I will support … whole heartedly this plant is indeed Crassocephalum crepidioides

have tried to smell the flower-heads? just pick a young one, slightly crush and smell.


Request Botanical & Common ID of this Wild Flower-
Date/Time – Over the past one week/evening-around 5pm
Location – Bangalorebuilding compound
Habitat – Wild
Plant Habit – Tall shrub
Ht – 21/2 ‘
Flower size – 1cm

Pl also check it for Crassocephalum crepidioides.

Yes .. may be right. One can see a dark tipped smaller bracts at the base of larger inner whorl of involucre bracts.  Crassocephalum crepidioides a better choice.

looks like Gynura bicolor (Roxb. ex Willd.) DC.

This is C.crepidioides syn Gynura crepidioides. Please check this link: http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Thickhead.html

yes Crassocephalum crepidioides, an American weed, whereas Gynura bicolor is very distinct from this

Attached images are Crassocephalum crepidioides (Benth.) S.Moore.
Date :08/12/2012
Location: Kamrup district (Rural) Assam
Family : Asteraceae
Genus & species : Crassocephalum crepidioides (Benth.) S.Moore
Habitat: Grows wild
Habit : Herb
Inflorescence : Head red in colour
Fruits :Cypsela



Gori Valley Tour: Crassocephalum crepidiodes: This fast spreading weed was encountered almost everydayCrassocephalum crepidiodes…. the upload by … indicated its very wide distribution range in Himalayas …shot from various locations in the area..


Wild Plant For ID : Uttarakhand : 190413 : AK-2 : Attachments (1). 7 posts by 4 authors.
Kindly id this wild plant seen on the way to Nainital on 23/3/13.

Please check, Crassocephalum crepidioides (Benth.) S. Moore: Asteraceae

Yes, Crassocephalum crepidioides, a widely spreading weed..

Thanks for validation.
I recollect posting the same from Munnar earlier.
Common name Thickhead.

Yes it is Crassocephalum crepidioides.


Asteraceae Week (Part I – Radiate heads) :: Gynura nitida?? or Crassocephalum crepidioides?? at Satara ::PKA81 : Attachments (2). 5 posts by 5 authors.
This one is a small herb of Asteraceae Family photographed at “Pateshwar, Satara”.

…, for me this is Crassocephalum crepidioides.. a fast spreading weed..

My guess Gynura bicolor

Yes it is Crassocephalum crepidioides.



ASTERACEAE Fortnight Part 2-Discoid heads: Crassocephalum crepidioides from Uttarakhand_DSR_10 : Attachments (1).  3 posts by 3 authors.
Crassocephalum crepidioides (Benth.) S.Moore (=Gynura crepidioides Benth.) is a fast spreading tropical weed in India. Now not restricted only to tropical parts it has reached up to 1800m (Temperate zone) in Uttarakhand.
Here photographed near Naini Tal Uttarakhand.

Yes … Found a lot this time on Chopta trip.

Attached images are Crassocephalum crepidioides (Benth.) S.Moore collected from Kamrup district, Assam.
Date :08.12.2012
Location: Kamrup district
Family : Asteraceae
Genus & species : Crassocephalum crepidioides (Benth.) S.Moore
Habitat: Grows wild on waste places

Asteraceae Fortnight Part 2-Discoid heads- Crassocephalum crepidioides (Benth.) S. Moore fro Bhageshwar and Kathgodam-GS35 :  Attachments (3). 1 post by 1 author.
Crassocephalum crepidioides (Benth.) S. Moore
Common names: fireweed, thick head
Common along roadsides in Uttarakhand. Photographed fro Bhageshwar and Kathgodam.



Asteraceae Fortnight Part 2-Discoid Heads: Crassocephalum crepidioides Gori Valley- NS 30 :Attachments (5).  2 posts by 2 authors.
This fast spreading weed was recorded from many locations during our tour to Gori valley areaCrassocephalum crepidioides..



Crassocephalum crepidioides : Attachments (1).

Crassocephalum crepioides



Bangalore-Ooty November 2013 :: Requesting ID of this red Asteraceae at Lalbagh, Bangalore :: 30122013 :: ARK-40 : Attachments (3). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Requesting to please ID this plant captured in Lalbagh, Bangalore in November 2013.

I hope Crassocephalum crepidioides

Thank you … for ID…

Asteraceae week Images of Crassocephalum crepidiodes from Dindori Nashik : 1 post by 1 author.
attaching images of Crassocephalum crepidiodes from Dindori Nashik


Location: Champadevi , Nepal
Altitude:  5000 ft.
Date: 12 November 2016
Is this variegata  ???


Request for identification-D1 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Kindly request you to identify with scientific name. This photo has been taken in East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya.

Crassocephalum crepidioides

Saw these at Pipalkothi, Uttarakhand in Aug 2018.
I think the leaves and the flowers do not belong to the same plant.
Requested to please ID.

Crassocephalum Species.

Thanks … for the feedback. They resemble Crassocephalum crepidioides.

Asteraceae For ID : Kenya : 24AUG16 : AK-27 : 27/27 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Seen in the first week of July growing wild.
Blumea Species?

Not Blumea
May be some Gynura species or Senecioneae member.

Any possibility of Crassocephalum crepidioides !

Yes, appears possible as per images and details at Crassocephalum crepidioides 


Wild Plant for ID : Asteraceae : Bangalore : 23MAY20 : AK-11 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Seen last week growing wild. (23.5.20)
Crassocephalum crepidioides?



Id of Flower-ID03072020SH1 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Flower for id pl
Location -Mandal, Uttarakhand
Date – November 2019

Crassocephalum crepidioides (Benth.) S.Moore

scientific name of the herb please? : Attachments (4). 6 posts by 4 authors

could someone please identify the herb, pictures attached.
Date & Time 30 September 2010
Location: Place, Altitude, GPS Chethalayam, Wayanad.
Habitat: Garden, Urban, Wild Type: Wild
Plant Habit: Tree, Shrub, Climber, Herb herb
Height, Length.
Leaves Type, Shape, Size- Large

Do the leaves in the last photograph belong to the same plant as shown flowering in other photographs?

Possibly Gynura nitida.

The plant is different but of the same species. The flower buds are just forming. I added this picture to let you have an idea of the leaves.

Looks different in different links.

Gynura nitida
I guess all Gynura in efi needs to be relooked.

The flora of the Nilgiri and Pulney Hill-tops

Crassocephalum crepidioides (Benth.) S.Moore !


Flower for ID -ID01102021SH2: 1 image.

Flower for Id pl.
Location – Kaas Plateau, Maharashtra.
Date – September 2021

Crassocephalum crepidioides (Benth.) S. Moore

Yes …


168 ID wild plant: 14 images.
Please ID wild plant,
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, (Kochi) Kerala PIN:686671
Altitude: 1400fsl
Flower date: 26.09.2021, 01.10pm
Habitat: wild moisture
Plant habit: under sherin, erect,  branches, weak fleshy stem 15mm diameter, annual, lite hairy, aromatic
Height: 03.5 feet
Leaves: alternate, lobate, apex, size:12×7cm or less
Flower: racemose, clustered, pendulous before pollination, size:17×8mm, purple, fragrant
Fruit: cylindrical, black size:18×9mm
Seed: rounded black with silky hairs capable for flying like Grandpa’s beard
Camera: mobile Samsung Galaxy A21s

Crassocephalum crepidioides (Benth.) S. Moore

Yes, it is, …, thank you for ID my plant,


Crassocephalum crepidioides from Bangalore-GS22012022-6: 4 high res. images.
Crassocephalum crepidioides (Benth.) S. Moore
Photographed from near Kaikondrahalli lake, Bangalore, 17-9-2015