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Acmella pusilla

Acmella pusilla (Hook. & Arn.) R.K. Jansen

argentine spotflower

Synonym(s): Spilanthes pusilla
NCBG PLANT INDEX
ID_PLANT: ACPU
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Acmella pusilla
SELECTED SYNONYM:
GENUS: Acmella
FAMILY CODE: ASTERA

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NCBG DURATION
ANNUAL: 0
BIENNIAL: 0
PERENNIAL: 1

NCBG HABIT
HERB: 1
SUBSHRUB: 0
SHRUB: 0
TREE: 0
CACTUS/SUCCULENT: 0
GRASS/GRASSLIKE: 0
FERN: 0
VINE: 0

NCBG LEAF ARRANGEMENT
ALTERNATE: 0
OPPOSITE: 0
WHORLED: 0
BASAL: 0
FASCICLED: 0

NCBG LEAF COMPLEXITY
SIMPLE: 0
PINNATE: 0
BI-PINNATE: 0
TRI-PINNATE: 0
PALMATE: 0
TRIFOLIOLATE: 0

NCBG LEAF RETENTION
DECIDUOUS: 0
EVERGREEN: 0
SEMI-EVERGREEN: 0

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NCBG FLORAL SYMMETRY
RADIAL (ACTINOMORPHIC): 0
BILATERAL (ZYGOMORPHIC): 0
MIXED (BOTH ACTINOMORPHIC and ZYGOMORPHIC): 0

NCBG PHENOLOGY
bloom_time: May-Sep
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Butterfly Friendly: 0
Bird Friendly: 0
Hummingbird Friendly: 0

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Soil Moist/Wet: 0
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USDA PLANTS DATABASE
USDA Symbol: ACPU
USDA Common Name: Dwarf Spotflower
Native Status: L48 (I), PR (I)
Distribution: USA (FL, GA, NC, SC), USA+ (PR)
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb

STATE RANKS
STATE RANK: SNA (SE)
GLOBAL RANK: G5
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TRACKED STATUS: N: Do not track

WEAKLEY FLORA
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Acmella pusilla
COMMON NAME: Argentine Spotflower
SYNONYMY: [= FNA, K, WH3, Z]
PHENOLOGY: May-Sep.
HABITAT: Lawns, disturbed areas (especially around old seaports); native of South America.
COMMENTS: Known from scattered locations in the se. United States (NC, SC, GA, FL), associated with old seaports, such as Wilmington, NC, Savannah, GA, Pensacola and Apalachicola, FL, and perhaps not well-established at some of the reported locations. Reported as naturalized and locally common at a site in Chatham County, GA (Carter, Baker, & Morris 2009).
RANGE MAP: Acmella pusilla.png

ABOUT FAMILY (Weakley Flora)
Asteraceae Dumortier 1822 or COMPOSITAE Giseke 1792 (Aster Family)
SUMMARY: A family of about 1500-1700 genera and 20,000-25,000 species, shrubs, herbs, trees, and vines, cosmopolitan in distribution.
REFERENCE: Cronquist (1980)=SE throughout family treatment.
ABOUT GENUS (Weakley Flora)
Acmella L.C. Richard ex C.H. Persoon 1807 (Spotflower)
SUMMARY: A genus of about 30 species, herbs, primarily of tropical distribution.
REFERENCE: Jansen (1985)=Z; Strother in FNA (2006c); Cronquist (1980)=SE.
HERBARIUM RESOURCES
SERNEC: Find Acmella pusilla in Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)
UNC SERNEC: Find Acmella pusilla in University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium - Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)

WEB RESOURCES
USDA: Find Acmella pusilla in USDA Plants
NPIN: Find Acmella pusilla in NPIN Database
FNA: Find Acmella pusilla in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Acmella pusilla

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