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Taxon: Bidens alba (L.) DC.

Genus: Bidens
Family: Asteraceae (alt. Compositae) subfamily: Asteroideae tribe: Coreopsideae
Nomen number: 406917
Place of publication: Prodr. 5:605. 1836
Name verified on: 21-Nov-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
No species priority site assigned.
Accessions: 1 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:

  • shepherd's-needle   (Source: F PuertoR ) – English   [Bidens alba var. radiata]
  • Spanish-needle   (Source: F LAnt [as B. alba]) – English   [Bidens alba var. radiata]

Economic importance:

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)
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida
    Northern Mexico: Mexico - Tamaulipas
    Southern Mexico: Mexico - Campeche, Chiapas, Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Puebla, Tabasco, Veracruz, Yucatan
    Caribbean: Cayman Islands - Grand Cayman; Cuba; Dominica; Jamaica; Puerto Rico; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and Grenadines
    Mesoamerica: Guatemala; Honduras
    Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Venezuela
    Western South America: Peru - Cuzco, Huanuco, Lima, San Martin

  • naturalized elsewhere


  • Ballard, R. 1986. Bidens pilosa complex (Asteraceae) in North and Central America. Amer. J. Bot. 73:1463.
  • FNA Editorial Committee. 1993–. Flora of North America. [= B. pilosa L.].
  • Howard, R. 1974–1989. Flora of the lesser Antilles.


Check other web resources for Bidens alba (L.) DC.:


  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (25 November 2015)

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