Acilepis saligna (DC.) H.Rob., 226 1999. (syn: Cacalia saligna Kuntze; Conyza laeta hort.calc. ex C.B.Clarke; Conyza saligna Wall. [Illegitimate]; Vernonia longicaulis DC.; Vernonia martinii Vaniot; Vernonia saligna DC.; Vernonia saligna var. nilghirensis Hook.f.; Vernonia sequinii Vaniot);

Subshrubs, to 1.5 cm high; stem terete, wooly-tomentose. Leaves 8-12 x 2-3 cm, elliptic, acuminate at both ends, distantly crenate-serrate, pubescent along the nerves beneath; petiole 1.5-3 cm long. Panicle terminal, lax, to 25 cm across; branches strigose. Heads 5-6 x 7 mm; involucral bracts 2-3-seriate, dissimilar, outer bracts linear, 6 mm long, sharply acuminate, inner 6 x 1 mm, lanceolate, 3-nerved, hairy. Flowers few, similar; corolla 5 mm long, glabrous; anthers 2 mm long. Achenes 1.5 mm long, glandular between ribs; pappus r eddish-white; outer 0.5 mm long, setaceous, inner 4.5 mm long, setaceous.

Flowering and fruiting: December-January
Evergreen forests
Southern Western Ghats
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi for Vernonia saligna var. nilghirensis Hook.f. from India Biodiversity Portal)

Acilepis saligna (DC.) H.Rob. : 10 posts by 2 authors. 7 images- 5 mb or more.
Location: Kalimpong, WB, India
Date: 26 November 2019 
Elevation: 1350m.
Habitat: Wild

Vernonia sp.(?) from Kamrup district, Assam: 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (8)
Attaching images of what looks likeVernonia sp.
Date :21.12.2012

Location: Kamrup district

Family : Asteraceae

Genus & species : Vernonia sp. (?)

Habitat: Grows wild on. hilly area.

Habit : Herb

Inflorescence : Head

Please check if it is Vernonia volkameriifolia

It’s not Vernonia volkameriifolia as per link

It is Vernonia saligna DC.


Attaching images of what looks likeMonosis sp.(?). Please ID the sp. My earlier post of same sp. (/species/a—l/ar/asteraceae/monosis/vernonia-volkameriifolia)
Date :21.12.2012
Location: Kamrup district
Family : Asteraceae
Genus & species : Monosis sp.
Habitat: Grows wild on hilly area
Habit : Herbs

Thanks … for this interesting upload.

It’s not Vernonia volkameriifolia as per link

A reply from another thread;

“It is Vernonia saligna DC. …”

MS Dec.,2016/14 Vernonia sp. ? : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Location : N.Vanlaiphai to Chekawn road, Mizoram
Date : 14-12-2016
Habit : Slender herb ?
Habitat : Wild

Pl. Check comparative images at EFI. Species in this genus has been shifted to other genera.

I think close to images at Acilepis saligna (DC.) H.Rob.


SK 2941 06 August 2021: 5 very high res. images.
Location: Phulchoki, Lalitpur
Altitude:  1600m.
Date: 11 March 2021
Habit : Wild 

By checking all the species at Species with distribution in annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal, closest I can go is Vernonia subsessilis as per GBIF specimens- onetwo and three. But I feel phyllaries are a bit different.

As per comparative images at Vernonieae, it appears close to images and details at Decaneuropsis vagans (Wall. ex DC.) H. Rob. & Skvarla, but distribution is shown only upto the border of Nepal as per POWO and CoL.

I am not sure for both the cases, you referred, … Leaves of Decaneuropsis vagans look like having entire margins, not dentate. Please also check probability of Acilepis squarrosa D.Don, though I am not sure of it either.

Yes, I agree.
That also puts Decaneuropsis vagans (Wall. ex DC.) H. Rob. & Skvarla under doubt as leaves are not entire.
Also looks different from Acilepis squarrosa D.Don as per GBIF specimens- one and two.

But, it appears to be the same plant as posted by … at MS March,2018/05 Vernonia sp. for ID

I told you Sir, that I am not sure about  Acilepis squarrosa D.Don.
Now, after a little searching I come across more than one probability, for I do not have description (1) herb, or climber (… guess), or shrub, size of the head(s) etc.
However, first check the probability of Gymnanthemum extensum (DC.) Steetz and let me know your view (then I will try alternatives). You may visit –

Some possibility is there, but looks different as per images at Gymnanthemum extensum
I think the posted plant by … appears to be scandent from the first image.

Further open flowers will help as buds can be deceptive many times.

Well, Sir, Vernonia extensa DC (.Gymnanthemum extensum (DC.) Steetz) is an erect 6-8 ft herb. So, it is now rejected as a possibility.
There are a number of scandent Vernoia that have similar phyllaries. One is V. scandens = Decaneuropsis obovata (Gaudich.) H.Rob.. But it has no distribution in Nepal (KEW).
Another one is Vernonia andersonii C.B.Clarke., which is not in this case.
We may need to look further.

Any match to !

Two problems for V. scandens, … – (1) leaf margin is not entire in your specimen (2) distribution in Nepal is not listed in KEW.
V. blanda of FoC is also similar, but with an entire leaf margin! Similarly V. elliptica also have an entire leaf margin.
Yet, I couldn’t find any other alternative (of a scandent nature) either in FoC or in Flora of British India.


This is Vernonia saligna as per FoC illustration and as per GBIF specimens (one and two).
This is after a thorough check including keys in Flora of Bhutan.

SK 3707 20 March 2023 – Asteraceae: 5 very high res. images.

Location: Phulchoki, Lalitpur, Nepal
Date: 11 March 2023
Altitude: 1825m.
Habitat : Wild 

Again try to check the species listed below:

This is Vernonia saligna as per FoC illustration and as per GBIF specimens (one and two).
This is after a thorough check including keys in Flora of Bhutan.

Vernonia sp. (?) species from Assam KD 06 Mar 2024: 4 images.
Attached images seem Vernonia sp. from AssamPlease ID of the species.
Date : 12.02.24
Location: Assam
Family : Asteraceae
Genus & species : Vernonia sp.
Habit :  Herb 

Acilepis aspera (Buch.-Ham.) H. Robinson ??





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