This name is not universally accepted. Many authorities use Pseudelephantopus spicatus (B.Juss. Ex Aubl.) C.F.Baker, as the correct name[
Distreptus nudiflorus Cass.
Distreptus replicatus Cass.
Distreptus spicatus (B.Juss. ex Aubl.) Cass.
Elephantopus colimensis Sessé & Moc.
Elephantopus littoralis Sessé & Moc.
Elephantopus strigosus Willd. ex DC.
Matamoria spicata La Llave
Pseudelephantopus spicatus (B.Juss. ex Aubl.) C.F.Baker
Elephantopus spicatus is a freely-branching, erect, herbaceous perennial plant with a strong taproot, growing 30 - 120cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and broom.
S. America - Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean.
Damp or wet thickets or open fields, often a weed in waste or cultivated ground or on sandbars along streams, at elevations from sea level to 1,600 metres in Guatemala[
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The plant has spread widely from its original range in tropical America and can now be found throughout much of the tropics. A common, troublesome and vigorous weed, it can be found growing by roadsides, in waste places and as a weed in pastoral, plantation, and agricultural lands[
The leaves are vulnerary[
]. They are applied topically as a specific treatment for eczema[
The stalks and leaves, being hard, are made use of as brooms to sweep houses[
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