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cupid's shaving brush, lilac tasselflower

Florida tasselflower, Fosberg's pualele

Habit Plants 20–80 cm, glabrous or ± villous. Annuals, 20–100 cm, glabrous or sparsely arachnoid-villous proximally.

1, erect or somewhat lax, simple or branched.

1, often somewhat lax, simple or branched.


mostly in proximal 1/2; usually petiolate;

blades ovate to obovate or oblanceolate, mostly 5–12 × 1.5–4.5 cm (distal smaller, bractlike), margins often deeply lobed to lyrate-pinnatifid.

± equally distributed;

sessile and auriculate to winged-petiolate and clasping;

blades oblanceolate to pandurate, mostly 5–10 × 3–5 cm (distal smaller, bractlike), margins entire, toothed, or weakly lobed.


urceolate to campanulate, 9–12 mm, relatively slender, lengths mostly 3–4 times diams.

campanulate to cylindric, 9–14 mm, relatively thick, lengths 1.5–2(–3) times diams.


15–30[–40], surpassing involucres by 0–1(–2) mm;

corollas usually lavender, pinkish, or purplish, rarely reddish, lobes 0.5–0.7[–1.5] mm;

style appendages 0–0.1 mm.

usually 50–60+, surpassing involucres by 2–4 mm;

corollas pinkish, purplish, or reddish (not orange), lobes mostly 1–1.7 mm;

style appendages ca. 0.2 mm.


usually 8.

usually 8 or 13.


= 10.

= 20.

Emilia sonchifolia

Emilia fosbergii

Phenology Flowering probably year round, mostly Oct–Mar. Flowering probably year round, mostly Oct–Mar.
Habitat Disturbed sites, old fields, roadsides Disturbed sites, pinelands, abandoned fields, roadsides
Elevation 0–100 m (0–300 ft) 0–100 m (0–300 ft)
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FL; GA; SC; Asia [Introduced in North America; also introduced in New World tropics]
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FL; LA; TX; Asia [Introduced in North America; also introduced in New World tropics, Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America]
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Emilia sonchifolia is a pantropical weed of Asiatic origin and should be expected as an occasional escape in the flora. D. H. Nicolson (1980) treated the eastern Asian representatives of E. sonchifolia, which have corolla lobes 1.1–1.5 mm, as E. sonchifolia var. javanica (Burman f.) Mattfeld. In the flora, plants of E. sonchifolia have corolla lobes 0.5–0.8 mm and are treated as var. sonchifolia. See Nicolson (p. 398) for discussion of nomenclatural attribution.

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

Emilia fosbergii is a tropical Asian weed that has become established in the flora; it may be expected elsewhere as an occasional escape. It is the more frequently collected Emilia in the flora. Names misapplied to plants of E. fosbergii include E. javanica (Burman f.) C. B. Robinson and E. sagittata Willdenow.

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

Source FNA vol. 20, p. 606. FNA vol. 20, p. 606.
Parent taxa Asteraceae > tribe Senecioneae > Emilia Asteraceae > tribe Senecioneae > Emilia
Sibling taxa
E. fosbergii
E. sonchifolia
Synonyms Cacalia sonchifolia
Name authority (Linnaeus) de Candolle: in R. Wight, Contr. Bot. India, 24. (1834) Nicolson: Phytologia 32: 34. (1975)
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