Bull. Sci. Soc. Philom. Paris 1817: 68. 1817.

Common names: Tasselflower pualele
Etymology: Presumably for someone named Emile or Emilie the author mentioned no one
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 20. Treatment on page 605. Mentioned on page 540, 543, 607.
FNA20 P63 Emilia sonchifolia.jpegEmilia sonchifolia
Pericallis hybrida
Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides
Linny Heagy
Yevonn Wilson-Ramsey
Yevonn Wilson-Ramsey

Annuals (sometimes persisting, usually monocarpic) [perennials], mostly 20–100 cm (taprooted; often glaucous). Stems usually 1, erect or lax (branched throughout or distally). Leaves mostly cauline; alternate; petiolate or sessile (bases usually auriculate, clasping); blades pinnately nerved, mostly ovate to obovate or oblanceolate [lanceolate] (sometimes pinnately lobed, sometimes lyrate-pinnatifid), ultimate margins entire or toothed, faces usually glabrous, sometimes villous or ± arachnose. Heads discoid, in cymiform or corymbiform arrays. Calyculi 0. Involucres urceolate to campanulate or cylindric, mostly 2–8+ mm diam. Phyllaries persistent, usually 8 or 13 in 1–2 series, erect (reflexed in fruit), distinct (margins interlocking and coherent early), mostly linear to oblong, equal, margins scarious (glabrous or villous, apices usually green or slightly darkened, seldom blackish). Receptacles flat to convex, smooth or obscurely foveolate, epaleate. Ray-florets 0. Disc-florets 20–50 [100+], all bisexual and fertile or inner functionally staminate; corollas usually pinkish, lavender, or purplish, rarely reddish [orange, white, yellow], tubes shorter than to equaling funnelform to cylindric throats, lobes 5, erect to spreading, lanceovate; style-branches stigmatic in 2 lines, apices truncate or truncate-penicillate (appendages essentially 0). Cypselae (stramineous to brown) fusiform-prismatic, 5-ribbed, glabrous but for stout, blunt hairs on ribs; pappi fragile, of 80–100+, white, barbellulate bristles. x = 5.


Introduced; chiefly Old World tropics, some weedy in New World tropics


Species 50–100 (2 in the flora).

D. H. Nicolson (1980) pointed out that Emilia is taxonomically complicated with poorly defined, weedy species and an involved nomenclatural history. Emilia coccinea (Sims) G. Don is occasionally cultivated as an ornamental; it is not known to escape and persist in the flora. It keys here to E. fosbergii, from which it differs in having involucres 6–9 mm (lengths typically 1.5 times diameters). In cultivation, it has bright red to dark orange corollas. Nicolson provided drawings that illustrate the distinctions.


1 Leaves mostly in proximal 1/2, usually petiolate, blades ovate to obovate or oblanceolate, mostly 5–12 × 1.5–4.5 cm, margins often deeply lobed to lyrate-pinnatifid; involucres mostly urceolate to campanulate, relatively slender, lengths mostly 3–4 times diams.; florets 15–30[–40] Emilia sonchifolia
1 Leaves ± equally distributed, sessile and auriculate to winged-petiolate and clasping, blades oblanceolate to pandurate, mostly 5–10 × 3–5 cm, margins entire, toothed, or weakly lobed; involucres mostly campanulate to cylindric, relatively thick, lengths 1.5–2(–3) times diams.; florets usually 50–60+ Emilia fosbergii
... more about "Emilia"
not tailed +, rounded +  and obtuse +
papillate +
scarious +
usually ovate +  and lance-linear +
corymbiform +  and cymiform +
indeterminate +  and determinate +
Theodore M. Barkley† +
Cassini +
decurrent +
mostly ovate;obovate or oblanceolate +
winged;nerved;ribbed +
Tasselflower +  and pualele +
reddish +, purplish +, lavender +  and pinkish +
fusiform-prismatic +
fertile +  and bisexual +
fertile +  and bisexual +
chiefly Old World tropics +  and some weedy in New World tropics +
Presumably for someone named Emile or Emilie +  and the author mentioned no one +
arachnose +, villous +  and glabrous +
pistillate +, staminate +  and neuter +
winged +  and beaked +
dispersed +
indeterminate +
heterogamous +  and homogamous +
each +  and sessile +
0.2 cm2 mm <br />0.002 m <br /> (0.8 cm8 mm <br />0.008 m <br />) +
urceolate;campanulate or cylindric +
sessile +  and petiolate +
erect;spreading +
lanceovate +
dentate to pinnatifid +  and entire +
2-carpellate +
mostly linear +  and oblong +
unequal +  and subequal +
Bull. Sci. Soc. Philom. Paris +
styliferous +, neuter +  and pistillate +
sterile +  and fertile +
bearing subulate enations +, hairy +  and bristly +
foveolate +  and smooth +
flat;convex +
barkley1978c +  and nicolson1980a +
exalbuminous +
appendaged +  and truncate +
papillate +
Compositae +
Asteraceae tribe Senecioneae +
toothed +  and entire +
20 cm200 mm <br />0.2 m <br /> (100 cm1,000 mm <br />1 m <br />) +
vine +, tree +, shrub +  and subshrub +