Emilia sonchifolia (L.) DC. ex DC., “Wight, Contr. Bot. India” 24 1834. (Syn: Cacalia sonchifolia Hort ex L.; Crassocephalum sonchifolium (L.) Less.; Emilia marivelensis Elmer; Emilia purpurea Cass.; Emilia rigidula DC.; Emilia sinica Miq.; Gynura ecalyculata DC.; Senecio sonchifolius (L.) Moench; Senecio sonchifolius var. bogorensis Hochr.; Senecio sonchifolius var. sonchifolius );
Purple Sow Thistle, Cupid’s shaving-brush, emilia, Flora’s paint brush, red tassel-flower • Hindi: hirankhuri, kirankuri, hirankuri • Marathi: sadamandee, panom, undrachi • Tamil: muyalccevi, mayarcevi • Malayalam: mulshevi, muyalccevi • Kannada: ili kivi gida, elikivi gida, elikivisoppu, jumki hoo • Bengali: sadimodi, sachimodi • Oriya: binj-kudo • Assamese: bonkapahua • Sanskrit: sasasruti, sasasrutih;
Emilia sonchifolia is a wonderful medicinal plants for tonsilitis. It can be applied along with garlic as an external paste for a speedy curing of tonsilitis;
This plant is used in Ayurveda, Sidhha and Folk medicine;

It is a medicinal herb in Chinese, called ye xia hong (Chinese: 葉下紅). It is one among the “Ten Sacred Flowers of Kerala State in India, collectively known as Dasapushpam.
(From Wikipedia on 9.6.13)

Erect or diffuse herbs. Leaves radical and cauline; radical leaves 4-10 x 1-3 cm, lyrate-pinnatifid with large terminal lobes, semi-orbicular; cauline leaves small, obovate to spathulate. Heads homogamous, not rayed, 1-3 on long slender peduncles. Involucral bracts cylindric, uniseriate, 6-8 mm long, oblong-lanceolate. Florets bisexual. Corolla pink, 3-3.5 mm long, wider to the mouth, lobes 5. Stamens 5; anthers 1-1.5 mm long. Ovary c. 1.5 mm long; style-arms acute. Achenes 1-2 mm long, 5-ribbed, hispid. Pappus white silky, 5-6 mm long.       

Flowering and fruiting: July-December
Dry and moist deciduous forests, also in the plains
Tropical and Subtropical Africa and Asia

identification no160612sn1: Kindly help in identification.

plant habit:?
height :may be about 2 ft.
other info:pink head

This is Emilia sonchifolia



Herb for identification form Bangalore:  Photographed this in FRLHT Campus in North Bangalore on 31st December 2007. Any id hints are appreciated.

It should be Emilia sonchifolia (L.) DC.

Yes, Emilia sonchifolia

Emilia sonchifolia, a herb with light pink flowers! Called in various languages as:

Assamese (1) bonkapahua
Bengali (2) sachimodi, sadimodi
Hindi (3) hirankhuri, hirankuri, kirankuri
Kannada (4) elikivi gida, elikivisoppu, ili kivi gida, jumki hoo
Malayalam (3) muel-schevi, mulshevi, muyalccevi
Marathi (3) panom, sadamandee, undrachi
Oriya (1) binj-kudo
Sanskrit (2) sasasruti, sasasrutih
Tamil (2) mayarcevi, muyalccevi

I also found an interesting hindi name for this plant as हिराणाखुरी (Hirankhuri) for this in Encyclopedia of Indian Medicinal Plants (http://envis.frlht.org/) which also mentions this plant is used in Ayurveda, Sidhha and Folk medicine.



Herb ID request – RK96 – 14-Jan-2013:
Requesting identification of this herb from Tungareshwer. It is flowering now and the plant is around 2 to 3 feet tall.

Emilia sonchifolia.

Yes it is Emilia sonchifolia (L.) DC. (Asteraceae).

Asteraceae Fortnight Part 2-Discoid heads: Emilia sonchifolia SMP6 :  Attachments (4).  2 posts by 2 authors.
Emilia sonchifolia


Asteraceae Fortnight Part 2-Discoid Heads: Emilia sonchifolia from Morni Hills- NS 20 :
This delicate herb with milky latex was shot from Morni Hills in Haryana, I hope this to be Emilia sonchifolia (L.) DC.

Emilia Cass. genus is represented by 8 species in India.
Emilia sonchifolia (L.) DC. (=Cacalia sonchifolia L.) is most common species in this genus found in all parts of India reaching up to 1000m altitude in Uttarakhand.
Here photographed in Pantnagar, Uttarakhand

Yet to capture it.

Emilia sonchifolia (L.) DC. ex DC. from Assam KD 03 Nov. :  2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Attached images may Emilia sonchifolia (L.) DC. ex DC. Please validate.  
Date :07.02.2014
Location: Assam
Family : Asteraceae
Genus & species : Emilia sonchifolia (L.) DC. ex DC.  
Habitat: Grows on bank of the pond
Habit :Herb

Yes, I agree …


TSP-JAN2016-23-23: Emilia sonchifolia (Asteraceae) : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (5)

It is my pleasure to share few images of Emilia sonchifolia (Asteraceae

Ref: http://florakarnataka.ces.iisc.ernet.in/hjcb2/herbsheet.php?id=678&cat=1 

Habit: Annual herb 

Habitat: Wild, waste lands 

Sighting: Chikmagalur and Tumkur, Karnataka, about 1000 msl and 800 msl respectively 

Date: 06-07-2014 and 09-01-2015


Cyanthillium cinereum (L.) H. Rob ??? : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (12)
Location: Pashupati, Nepal
Altitude : 4500 ft.
Date: 16 October 2016

To me it look different.

It is Emilia sonchifolia (Asteraceae).
Please see E.sonchifolia in eFI.

Thank you for ID.
Nepali names: चौलाने झार Chaulaane Jhaar / मूलापाते Moolaapaate / तोरी फूल Toree Phool / हिरण खुरी Hiran Khuree


123-TSP-ID-12DEC2016-1: Asteraceae sp @ Bababudangiri for ID : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)

Kindly examine and identify this Asteraceae sp 


Habitat:Wild,montane forest fringe 

Sighting:Bababudangiri,Chikmagalur,Karnataka,about 1600 msl 


Also Emilia sp. to me.
Emilia in eFI.

I have in my folder as Emilia sonchifolia from the same place.

125-TSP-ID-12DEC2016-3:Asteraceae sp @ Kottigehara for ID : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)

Kindly examine and identify this Asteraceae sp 


Habitat:Wild,semi-evergreen forest fringe in open blanks 

Sighting:Kottigehara,Chikmagalur,Karnataka about 1000 msl 


Please check for some Emilia species.
Emilia in eFI.

Same Emilia sonchifolia I hope.


efloraindia: 091111 BRS141:

Pl. find the attached file contain photo for id. request.
Date: 08.11.2011, Location: NBNP Garden, Anaikatti (640 MSL) Coimbatore Dist.,
Habitat: Wild
Habit: Herb (less than 1 ft. height)
Leaf shape like (Veena/ Violin)

Emilia sonchifolia – Asteraceae

I too go for Emilia sonchifolia, interestingly called the cupids shaving brush

Emilia sonchifolia is a wonderful medicinal plants for tonsilitis. It can be applied along with garlic as an external paste for a speedy curing of tonsillitis



Emilia sonchifolia (L.) DC. ex Wight : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (8) – around 400 kb each.
Location: Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal
Altitude : 4400 ft.
Date: 21 July 2018
Habit : Wild 

pics of the very base?

ID correct ??

I think OK as per other images at Emilia sonchifolia (L.) DC. ex DC.


Emilia sonchifolia (L.) DC. ex Wight : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)- around 1 mb or more.

Location:  Harthok, Palpa
Date: 25 September 2019
Elevation:1400 m.
Habit : Wild

Attachments (1)- 6 mb.

Yes sir ! It is !

ID Kannur 40 : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Please identify this Compositae member from Kannur District of Kerala

Mostly Emilia sonchifolia

Thanks, …, But to me looks different from images under threads at

Pl. check with images at Senecio wightii (DC. ex Wight) Benth. ex C.B.Clarke
To me appears close.

This is Emilia sonchifolia only as per images and details herein.

Emilia flammea : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments(2).
Emilia flammea -photographed at bababudan giri, altitude + 1600 mtr.

Lovely pictures.
On the link (& some other links): Taunton, I found them to be of scarlet-orange colour.
At Indiantreepix link (though not confirmed) for Emilia sonchifolia (Flora’s Paintbrush/ Sadamandi)?, it has pinkish flowers: efi thread
Can your clarify the confusion?

Emilia sonchifolia (L.) DC.


ID of Emilia sp. from Meghalaya KD 04 Nov : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Attached images may be Emilia sp. Please ID the plant.
Date :27.10.2014
Location: Meghalaya
Family : Asteraceae
Genus & species : Emilia sp.
Habitat: Grows wild on. roadside
Habit : Prostrate Herb

Emilia – species in eFIoraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available)

Probably E. sonchifolia (L.) DC- POWO

Yes, I too agree with  …

¿ Emilia ? sp.
Place, Altitude: along Ghodbunder Road near Gaimukh, Thane (about 85 ft asl)
Date, Time: 11 NOV 07 02::44pm
Habitat: wild, along roadside
Habit: herb, not sure of height, flower-head about 3 – 4 mm across

This lone photo may not help to arrive to species level ID. Will be glad to know genus.

Can be Emilia sonchifolia. Any leaves?

That is the tragedy, … ! Thus even if the ID is known to genus level it will be sufficient for me to label the photo and remain content.

I am considering the plant to be Emilia sonchifolia.

I hope we get validating comments.

I agree with you … for ID,


Small Weed for ID : Nasik : 06DEC20 : AK-10: 1 image.
A small weed with unusual leaves.

Emilia sp.

Yes, resembles Emilia sonchifolia


Small Weed for ID : Nasik : 06DEC20 : AK-10: 3 images.
A small weed with unusual leaves.

Emilia sp.

Yes, resembles Emilia sonchifolia

Would these plants also be Emilia sonchifolia? Seen in the same location.

Yes it’s ma’am,


135 ID wild plant Emilia sonchifolia: 10 images.

Please confirm the ID of wild plant,
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, (Kochi) Kerala PIN:686671
Altitude: 1400fsl
Flower date: 15.08.2021, 12.20pm
Habitat: wild moisture
Plant habit: small shrub, erect, branches, slender weak stem, hairy, annual
Height: 01 feet
Leaves: alternate, heart shaped, apex, winged petiole or not, hairy, toothed margins, size:08×5cm or less
Flower: erect racemose, clustered micro flowers, diameter:03mm, pink, non fragrant
Fruit: cylindrical, lengthy, green into brown, size:6×2mm
Seed: brown, numerous, lengthy with nice silky hairs at top capable for flying, 5mm long (without hairs)
Camera: mobile Samsung Galaxy A21s

Please check Emilia !


Emelia like herb SN14921:
Emelia like wild herb from Ranchi

Flower image not clear. Emilia ??.

It is Gynura amplexicaulis Oliv. & Hiern, head reddish.


There are two plants here.
One with prominent foliage is something like Blumea.
Another one is Emilia sonchifolia as per images and details herein, but the foliage is hidden.
The heads in this plant look different from Gynura as per comparative images herein.


Goa, August 2021 :: Small aster for ID :: ARK2021-123: 5 images.

This was clicked near Varca, South Goa in August 2021.
Is this Emilia sonchifolia?
Requested to please validate.

Looks like Emilia sonchifolia (L.) DC. ex Wight


Emilia sonchifolia from Chikamagalur Mullayaingiri Road-GS09022022-3: 4 very high res. images.
Emilia sonchifolia photographed from Chikamagalur Mullayaingiri Road, 26-9-2015


Asteraceae: Emilia sonchifolia (L.) DC. ex Wight: 2 images.
synonym: Emilia sonchifolia (L.) DC.
location/date: (1) Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, October 1994; (2: infl. detail) Semadoh, Melghat Wildlife Sanctuary, Amravati Distr., Maharashtra, November 1994


Plant Id: 3 high res. images.

Plant Id needed.



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