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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Japan to Nansei-shoto, New Caledonia, Tropical & Subtropical America.
Melanthera nivea

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs, sometimes scandent
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, usually scabrid
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula solitary or in lax cymes, shallowly hemispheric, sometimes becoming globose in fruit (in M. scandens), radiate (in Africa); involucre 2–3-seriate, the inner scarious and sheathing the achenes; receptacle paleate, the paleae enveloping the disc florets and usually obovate with ciliate upper margins
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Ray florets conspicuous, style in these florets present or absent; disc florets tubular or nearly so, narrowed proximally; style branches narrowing to an acute apex or thickened just below the apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes obovoid or obconical, compressed to 3-angled; pappus of 0–12 often unequal bristles, ?deciduous or fragile.

Native to:

Alabama, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Cayman Is., Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Florida, Georgia, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, Kentucky, Leeward Is., Louisiana, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Mississippi, Nansei-shoto, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Trinidad-Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, Windward Is.

Introduced into:

Illinois

Melanthera Rohr appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Souza, V.C. [15108], Brazil K001030818

First published in Skr. Naturhist.-Selsk. 2(1): 213 (1792)

Accepted by

  • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • —F.T.A. 3: 381.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Lisowski, Asterac. Fl. Afr. Centr. 1: 204–218 (1991)
  • Wagner & Robinson in Brittonia 53, 4: 539–561 (2001)
  • Wild in Kirkia 5: 1–18 (1965)
  • in Skrift. Nat. Selsk. Kobenh. 2: 213 (1792)

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