Sphaeranthus africanus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Asterales Asteraceae

Scientific Name: Sphaeranthus africanus L.
Common Name(s):
English East Indian Globe Thistle

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-05-17
Assessor(s): Beentje, H.J., Molur, S. & Rehel, S.
Reviewer(s): Luke, W.R.Q.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Maiz-Tome, L.
Sphaeranthus africanus is distributed in eastern Tropical Africa and Madagascar, in Australia and throughout southern tropical Asia to Malaysia. The plant can be locally common and may be considered a weed. There are no known threats to this plant, therefore it is assessed as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Sphaeranthus africanus occurs naturally in east Africa, Madagascar, southern Asia and northern Australia.
Countries occurrence:
Australia; Bangladesh; India (Andaman Is., Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal); Indonesia (Jawa); Kenya; Madagascar; Malaysia; Mozambique; Myanmar; Philippines; Sri Lanka; Tanzania, United Republic of; Thailand; Viet Nam
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1
Upper elevation limit (metres):450
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Population [top]

Population:There are no exact data on population sizes but in its favoured habitats this plant can be locally common. It is common enough in rice fields to be considered a weed.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Sphaeranthus africanus is found in wet places: swamps, pond and stream margins and in rice fields.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:No

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The whole plant is used in ayurvedic treatment of pitta epilepsy, migraine, jaundice, fever, cough, haemorrhoids, helminthiasis, skin diseases and as nervine tonic.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation actions are currently known or likely to be required.

Citation: Beentje, H.J., Molur, S. & Rehel, S. 2017. Sphaeranthus africanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T176878A84298814. . Downloaded on 23 June 2018.
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