Scabiosa L.

First published in Sp. Pl.: 98 (1753), nom. cons.
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is Temp. Eurasia, Macaronesia to N. Africa, Eritrea to S. Africa.


Native to:

Albania, Algeria, Altay, Amur, Angola, Austria, Azores, Baleares, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burundi, Buryatiya, Cameroon, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Central European Russia, China North-Central, China Southeast, Chita, Congo, Corse, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Free State, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Inner Mongolia, Iran, Irkutsk, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Khabarovsk, Kirgizstan, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Kriti, Krym, KwaZulu-Natal, Lebanon-Syria, Lesotho, Libya, Madeira, Malawi, Manchuria, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, North Caucasus, Northern Provinces, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Romania, Rwanda, Sardegna, Saudi Arabia, Sicilia, Sinai, South European Russia, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Tuva, Uganda, Ukraine, West Siberia, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Bermuda, Brazil South, California, Chile Central, Chile North, Chile South, Ecuador, Juan Fernández Is., Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tasmania, Texas, Uruguay, Washington


Heterotypic Synonyms

Accepted Species


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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Caputo, P., Cozzolino, S. & Moretti, A. (2004). Molecular phylogeneticsof Dipsacaceae reveals parallel trends in seeddispersal syndromes. Plant Systematics and Evolution 246: 163-175.
  • Tutin, T.G. & al. (eds.) (1976). Flora Europaea 4: 1-505. Cambridge University Press.

Flora of Iraq

  • Linnaeus, Gen. Pl. ed. 5: 43 (1754)
  • Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. ed. 1, 98 (1753);

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 43 (1754).
  • in Sp. Pl. 1: 98 (1753)

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 43 (1754)
  • Sp. Pl.: 98 (1753)

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Dec 8, 2008 s.coll. [s.n.] Korea, South K000493588 Yes
Baldacci, A. [250] Albania K000763000 Unknown Type Material Yes
Baldacci, A. [60] Albania K000762999 Unknown Type Material Yes
Andrews, P.; Bamford, M.; Njau, E.; Leliyo, G. [EN 583] Tanzania K001768997 Yes
Lavranos, J.; Mies; et al. [31464] Yemen K001870935 No
Aizpuru, I.; Cabezas, F.; Castroviejo, S.; Herrero, A.; Medina, L.; Ouhammou, A.; Pedrol, J.; Prunell, A.; Quintanar, A.; Rico, E. [FJC418] Morocco K001581653 Yes
Keck, C.; Pichler, T. [s.n.] Bulgaria K000762984 Unknown Type Material Yes
Keck, C.; Pichler, T. [s.n.] Bulgaria K000762983 Unknown Type Material Yes


  • Flora Zambesiaca

    • Flora Zambesiaca
  • Flora of Iraq

    • Ghazanfar, S. A., Edmondson, J. R. (Eds). (2013-2019). Flora of Iraq, Volumes 5.1, 5.2 and 6.0. Kew Publishing
  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Flora of Tropical East Africa
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    • 'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2023 World Checklist of Vascular Plants.
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants.