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bhringraj, false daisy, yerba de tago


Habit Annuals or perennials, 10–50(–70+) cm.

erect or decumbent, branched from bases and/or distally (sometimes rooting at proximal nodes).


blades 2–10 cm × 4–30+ mm.

cauline; opposite; petiolate or sessile;

blades (1- or 3-nerved) lanceolate to lance-linear, bases cuneate, margins serrate to subentire, faces sparsely scabrellous.


hemispheric, 3–5 mm diam.


flat to convex, paleate (paleae linear to filiform, not conduplicate, falling with fruits).

Ray florets

20–40 (in 2–3+ series), pistillate, fertile;

corollas white or whitish.

Ray laminae

ca. 2 mm.

Disc florets/Disc corollas

ca. 1.5 mm.

15–30+, bisexual, fertile;

corollas white or whitish, tubes much shorter than ampliate, cylindric throats, lobes 4–5, ± deltate.


persistent, 8–12+ in 2–3 series (lanceolate to linear, subequal, thin-herbaceous, spreading in fruit).


radiate, in loose, corymbiform arrays or borne singly.


ca. 2.5 mm.

obcompressed, weakly 3–4-angled (not winged, epidermes usually corky and rugose to tuberculate);

pappi persistent, coroniform (sometimes with 2 teeth).


= 11.


= 22 (as E. alba).

Eclipta prostrata


Phenology Flowering year round, mostly summer–fall.
Habitat Wet places, often ruderal
Elevation 60–1600 m (200–5200 ft)
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Mostly warm-temperate to tropical New World [Introduced in Old World]
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Species 1–4 (1 in the flora).

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Source FNA vol. 21, p. 129. FNA vol. 21, p. 128.
Parent taxa Asteraceae > tribe Heliantheae > subtribe Ecliptinae > Eclipta Asteraceae > tribe Heliantheae > subtribe Ecliptinae
Subordinate taxa
E. prostrata
Synonyms Verbesina prostrata, E. alba
Name authority (Linnaeus) Linnaeus: Mant. Pl., 286. (1771) Linnaeus: Mant. Pl., 157, 286. (1771)
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