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Genus: Aspilia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid II > Order: Asterales > Family: Asteraceae > Tribe: Heliantheae

About 60 species, found in America, Africa and Madagascar with five species native to southern Africa and one species cultivated.  

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Aspilia eenii


Aspilia kotschyi

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. See Flora of Zimbabwe, where it is split into var. kotschyi and var. alba.


Aspilia mossambicensis

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Aspilia natalensis (Wild Creeping Sunflower)

ikhambi-lenyongo, ubuhlungwana, umahoqo, umphamephuce [Zulu]

See KwaZulu-Natal wild flowers by Elsa Pooley p. 318.

Aspilia pluriseta

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Aspilia macrorrhiza

Native to Somalia and Kenya.



  • Wild, H. 1966. The African species of the genus Aspilia Thouars. Kirkia 5(2): 197-228.


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