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Taxon: Erechtites hieraciifolius (L.) Raf. ex DC.

Genus: Erechtites
Family: Asteraceae (alt. Compositae) subfamily: Asteroideae tribe: Senecioneae subtribe: Senecioninae
Nomen number: 15344
Place of publication: Prodr. 6:294. 1838 ("1837") "hieracifolia"
  • a masculine genus according to Melbourne ICN Art. 62.4
  • spelling also corrected in accordance with Melbourne ICN Art. 60.8 & Rec. 60G
Name verified on: 12-Feb-2003 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 21-Jan-2014
No species priority site assigned.
Accessions: 2 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • American burnweed   (Source: Names Beetle ) – English
  • American fireweed   (Source: F NZeal ) – English
  • burnweed   (Source: AH 505 ) – English
  • fireweed   (Source: Glea Cron ed2 ) – English
  • Malayan groundsel   (Source: Pl Res SEAs 8:174.) – English
  • pilewort   (Source: Pl Res SEAs 8:174.) – English
  • amerikanisches Scheingreiskraut   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German

Economic importance:

  • Human food: potential as vegetable   (fide Pl Res SEAs 8:175. 1993, where so used in Java)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant   (fide Atlas WWeed)

Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
  • NORTHERN AMERICA (Check conservation status in U.S. & Canada in NatureServe Explorer database)
    Eastern Canada: Canada - New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec
    Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia
    North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
    South-Central U.S.A.: United States - Texas
    Northern Mexico: Mexico - Tamaulipas
    Southern Mexico: Mexico - Chiapas, Jalisco, Nayarit, Tabasco, Veracruz, Yucatan
    Caribbean: Jamaica
    Mesoamerica: Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela
    Brazil: Brazil
    Western South America: Bolivia; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru
    Southern South America: Argentina

  • naturalized elsewhere


  • Allan, H. H. B. et al. 1961–. Flora of New Zealand. ["hieraciifolia"].
  • Beetle, A. A. 1970. Recommended plant names. Univ. Wyoming Agr. Exp. Sta. Res. J. 31.
  • Belcher, R. O. 1956. A revision of the genus Erechtites (Compositae), with inquiries into Senecio and Arrhenechtites. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 43:1–85.
  • Boggan, J. et al. 1997. Checklist of the plants of the Guianas, ed. 2. ["hieracifolia"].
  • Britton, N. L. et al., eds. ser. 1; C. T. Rogerson, ed. ser. 2. North American flora ser. 1, 1905-1957; ser. 2, 1954-1972 ["hieracifolia"].
  • Correll, D. S. & H. B. Correll. 1982. Flora of the Bahama archipelago. ["hieracifolia"].
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2000. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 16. Auflage. ["hieraciifolia"].
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen.
  • FNA Editorial Committee. 1993–. Flora of North America.
  • Gleason, H. A. & A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada, ed. 2. [lists as E. "hieraciifolia" (L.) Raf.].
  • Holm, L. et al. 1979. A geographical atlas of world weeds. ["hieracifolia"].
  • Howard, R. 1974–1989. Flora of the lesser Antilles. ["hieracifolia"].
  • Iwatsuki, K. et al. 1993–. Flora of Japan. ["hieracifolia"].
  • Kunkel, G. 1984. Plants for human consumption. ["hieracifolia"].
  • McGregor, R. L. et al. (The Great Plains Flora Association). 1986. Flora of the Great Plains. ["hieracifolia"].
  • McVaugh, R. 1983–. Flora Novo-Galiciana. ["hieraciifolia"].
  • Nicolson, D. H. 2003. pers. comm. via e–mail on 10 Feb. [re. spelling of specific epithet].
  • Siemonsma, J. S. & Kasem Piluek, eds. 1993. Vegetables. In: Faridah Hanum, I. & L. J. G. van der Maesen, eds., Plant Resources of South-East Asia (PROSEA). 8:174–176.
  • Steyermark, J. A. et al., eds. 1995–. Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. ["hieracifolius"].
  • Terrell, E. E. et al. 1986. Agric. Handb. no. 505. ["hieracifolia"].
  • Tutin, T. G. et al., eds. 1964–1980. Flora europaea. ["hieracifolia"].


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Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
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