Sphaeranthus indicus

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Name and publication

Sphaeranthus indicus L., Sp. Pl. 2: 1314 (1753).

Description

The inflorescences of East Indian globe-thistle or mundi are sold as “jackie berries” in the potpourri trade. Looking like tiny, globular pineapples, 5-10 mm in diameter, they are often supported on a stalk 0-2 cm long.

Nativity and distribution

Sphaeranthus indicus is native to India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Australia. It has the potential to be an invasive species in tropical climates.

Family

Asteraceae (alt. Compositae)