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Taxon: Chloracantha spinosa (Benth.) G. L. Nesom

Genus: Chloracantha
Family: Asteraceae (alt. Compositae) subfamily: Asteroideae tribe: Astereae
Nomen number: 420196
Place of publication: Phytologia 70:378. 1991
Name verified on: 29-Apr-2002 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 14-Nov-2007
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

  • Mexican devilweed   (Source: F Tex [as Aster spinosus]) – English
  • spiny-aster   (Source: Aster Louisiana [as Leucosyris spinosa]) – English

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)
    North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Oklahoma
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Louisiana [s.w.]
    South-Central U.S.A.: United States - New Mexico, Texas
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - Arizona, California [s.], Nevada [s.], Utah [s.]
    Northern Mexico: Mexico - Baja Norte, Baja Sur, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas
    Southern Mexico: Mexico - Chiapas, Jalisco, Mexico, Michoacan, Nayarit, Oaxaca
    Mesoamerica: Costa Rica; El Salvador; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama [w.]


  • Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston. 1970. Manual of the vascular plants of Texas. [= Aster spinosus].
  • Cronquist, A. et al. 1972–. Intermountain flora.
  • Gandhi, K.N. & R. D. Thomas. 1989. Asteraceae of Louisiana. [= Leucosyris spinosa (Benth.) E. Greene].
  • Hickman, J. C., ed. 1993. The Jepson manual: higher plants of California.
  • Nesom, G. L. et al. 1991. Chloracantha, a new genus of North American Astereae (Asteraceae). Phytologia 70:371–381.
  • Nesom, G. L. 1994. Review of the taxonomy of Aster sensu lato (Asteraceae: Astereae), emphasizing the New World species. Phytologia 77:251.
  • Vibrans, H., ed. Malezas de México (on-line resource).


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  • Google 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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USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
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