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Pluchea carolinensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Plucheeae
Genus: Pluchea

40-80, see text

Pluchea is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. Members of this genus might be known as camphorweeds, plucheas, or less uniquely fleabanes. Some, such as P. carolinensis and P. odorata, are called sourbushes. The genus is native to tropical and warm temperate areas of the world, including parts of the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Australia.[2] There are plants of many forms, from annual and perennial herbs to shrubs and trees, and there is variation in the morphology of leaves, flowers, and fruits.[2] The genus was named for the French naturalist Noël-Antoine Pluche.[2]


There are between 40[2] and 80[3][4][5] species in the genus.

Species include:[6][7]

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  1. ^ "Genus: Pluchea Cass.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 1996-09-17. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  2. ^ a b c d Pluchea. Flora of North America.
  3. ^ Sharma, S. K. and N. Goyal. (2011). Biological studies of the plants from genus Pluchea. Annals of Biological Research 2(3), 25-34.
  4. ^ Perera, W., et al. (2007). Flavonols from leaves of Pluchea carolinensis (Jacq.) G.Don (Asteraceae). Revista Latinoamericana de Química 35(3), 68-73.
  5. ^ a b c Pluchea. Flora of China.
  6. ^ "Pluchea". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  7. ^ a b "GRIN Species Records of Pluchea". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Hunger, S. (1997). A survey of the genus Pluchea (Compositae, Plucheeae) in Australia. Willdenowia 27 207-23.

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