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Verbesina turbacensis
Kunth, Asteraceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  no

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Risk assessment results:  Evaluate, score: 5 (Go to the risk assessment)

Habit:  shrub/tree

Description:  "Herbaceous or shrubby plants or sometimes weak trees, commonly 1-5 m. high, the branches stout, densely puberulent or tomentulose, winged by the decurrent petiole bases; leaves alternate, on broadly winged petioles, broadly angulate-ovate to to almost rhombic in outline, shallowly or deeply pinnate-lobate or rarely, merely undulate or dentate, mostly 12-35 cm. long, the lobes obtuse or acute, very scabrous above, usually densely grayish puberulent to tomentulose or velutinous beneath; panicles rounded or flat-topped, mostly 15-30 cm. broad; heads numerous, radiate, pedicellate; involucres 2-3 mm. high, campanulate; phyllaries pale, linear to obovate-oblong, puberulent or pilosulous, ciliate, the outer ones obtuse or subacute, the inner ones acute, the innermost ones acuminate; ray flowers 8-10, the ligules white, 2-4 mm. long; achenes 2-2.5 mm. long, usually more or less strigillose, sometimes tuberculate, winged, pappus awns 2, 1-1.5 mm. long" (Nash, D.L. & Williams, 1976; 24(12)346-347).

Habitat/ecology:  In Guatemala (native), "damp or wet thickets or in thin forest, especially of pine and oak, sometimes in Liquidambar forest, often on steep banks or hillsides, near sea level to 1,800 m"  (Nash, D.L. & Williams, 1976; 24(12)346-347).

Propagation:  Seed

Native range:  Mexico through Central America and Colombia (GRIN).

Presence:

Pacific Rim
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Central America
Central America (Pacific rim)
El Salvador (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Central America
Central America (Pacific rim)
Guatemala (Republic of) native
Nash, Dorothy L./Williams, Louis O. (1976) (pp. 24(12)346-347)
Central America
Central America (Pacific rim)
Honduras (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Central America
Central America (Pacific rim)
Nicaragua (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Central America
Central America (Pacific rim)
Panama (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Mexico
Mexico
Mexico (United Mexican States) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Chiapas, Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Puebla, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi, Tabasco, Veracruz
South America (Pacific rim)
South America (Pacific rim)
Colombia (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)


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This page was created on 3 SEP 2012 and was last updated on 21 SEP 2012.