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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Temp. & Subtropical Northern Hemisphere, S. Tropical & S. Africa, W. & S. South America.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium


Compositae, H. Beentje, C. Jeffrey & D.J.N. Hind. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2005

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs and shrubs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves usually aromatic, variously dissected, rarely entire
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula many, pendulous, usually in a large panicle but occasionally much reduced and racemose or spiciform, disciform; phyllaries few, in few series, subequal; receptacle flat or conical, naked, occasionally pilose
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Outer florets female, tubular, 2–3-toothed or truncate, usually oblique at the mouth, sometimes filiform; inner florets hermaphrodite or functionally male, tubular, 5-lobed; anthers obtuse at the base, with lanceolate to subulate distal appendage; style branches truncate or penicillate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes obovoid, sub-cylindrical, usually glabrous; pappus absent.

Native to:

Afghanistan, Alabama, Alaska, Albania, Alberta, Aleutian Is., Algeria, Altay, Amur, Angola, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arizona, Arkansas, Assam, Austria, Baleares, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Borneo, Botswana, British Columbia, Bulgaria, Buryatiya, California, Cambodia, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Central European Rus, Chad, Chile Central, Chile North, Chile South, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Chita, Colombia, Colorado, Connecticut, Corse, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Delaware, Denmark, Dominican Republic, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, East Himalaya, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, Florida, France, Free State, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Greenland, Guatemala, Gulf States, Hainan, Haiti, Hawaii, Hungary, Iceland, Idaho, Illinois, India, Indiana, Inner Mongolia, Iowa, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Irkutsk, Italy, Japan, Jawa, Kamchatka, Kansas, Kazakhstan, Kentucky, Khabarovsk, Kirgizstan, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Kriti, Krym, Kuril Is., Kuwait, KwaZulu-Natal, Labrador, Laos, Lebanon-Syria, Lesotho, Lesser Sunda Is., Libya, Louisiana, Madeira, Magadan, Maine, Malaya, Maluku, Manchuria, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Mongolia, Montana, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nansei-shoto, Nebraska, Nepal, Netherlands, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Newfoundland, North Carolina, North Caucasus, North Dakota, North European Russi, Northern Provinces, Northwest European R, Northwest Territorie, Norway, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ogasawara-shoto, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oman, Ontario, Oregon, Pakistan, Palestine, Pennsylvania, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Prince Edward I., Qinghai, Québec, Rhode I., Romania, Sakhalin, Sardegna, Saskatchewan, Saudi Arabia, Sicilia, Sinai, South Carolina, South Dakota, South European Russi, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Taiwan, Tennessee, Texas, Thailand, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Tuva, Ukraine, Utah, Uzbekistan, Vermont, Vietnam, Virginia, Washington, West Himalaya, West Siberia, West Virginia, Western Sahara, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Yukon, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Argentina Northeast, Azores, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Caroline Is., Chatham Is., Christmas I., Costa Rica, Cuba, District of Columbia, Fiji, Honduras, Juan Fernández Is., Leeward Is., Maldives, Marianas, Mauritius, New South Wales, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Northern Territory, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Rodrigues, Réunion, South Australia, Tasmania, Uruguay, Victoria, Western Australia

Artemisia L. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Christenhuis, M.J.M. [6810], Ukraine K000696705
Gurian, R. [4], Brazil K001103439

First published in Sp. Pl.: 845 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Hussain, A., Potter, D., Kim, S., Hayat, M.Q. & Bokhari, S.A.I. (2019). Molecular phylogeny of Artemisia (Asteraceae-Anthemideae) with emphasis on undescribed taxa from Gilgit-Baltistan (Pakistan) based on nrDNA (ITS and ETS) and cpDNA (psbA-trnH) sequences Plant Ecology and Evolution 152: 507-520.
  • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.


Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • G.P. 2: 435 (1873)
  • K. Bremer & Humphries in Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Bot. 23: 120 (1993)
  • K. Bremer, Asteraceae Clad. & Class.: 458 (1994)
  • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 367 (1754)
  • Oliv. & Hiern in F.T.A. 3: 400 (1877)
  • Sp. Pl.: 845 (1753)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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