Vernonia elaeagnifolia

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Vernonia elaeagnifolia DC.
  • The genus is named after an English botanist, William Vernon and the species name elaeagnifolia means, having foliage resembling Elaeagnus, pure olive.

  • Common Name : Curtain Creeper, Vernonia Creeper, Parda Vel
  • Plant Family : Asteraceae (Compositae)
  • According to the Rules of ICBN the names of the families should end in -aceae. Thus the new name for the family Compositae became Asteraceae. However, the name Compositae is also exempted and conserved under 'Nomina Conservanda' because of their constant use for a long time.

  • Plant Form : Climbers
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 3, 15, 22, 28, 30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park

About Vernonia elaeagnifolia Plant :

  • Habit : A quick-growing, evergreen climber with shoots slender, pendulous, whitish when young.
  • Leaves : Simple, alternate, obovate, lanceolate, irregularly toothed margin.
  • Flowers : Pinkish white in small axillary heads, about 1.5 cm diameter.
  • Fruits : Not seen.
  • Significance : It is a very useful and popular climber for screening.