EPPO Global Database

Achyranthes aspera(ACYAS)

Code created in: 2004-04-19

Basic information
  • EPPO Code: ACYAS
  • Preferred name: Achyranthes aspera
  • Authority: Linnaeus


Western Asia, India to Indochina, China (including Taiwan), Malesia, New Guinea, subsaharan Africa, Australia. Introduced in North America (southern), Central America, Caribbean, South America. A widespread weed native in tropical countries, and also a casual weed in various temperate countries. Var. sicula (q.v.) is unevenly distributed in the southern part of the Euromediterranean region, while the nominate subspecies occurs in Egypt (and as a casual elsewhere).

Other scientific names
Name Authority
Achyranthes aspera var. aspera Linnaeus
Achyranthes canescens St John
Centrostachys aspera (Linnaeus) Standley

Common names
Name Language
devil's horsewhip English
hug-me-close English
man-better-man English
prickly chafflower English
rattail English
rough chaff flower English
rough chaff tree English
Spreublume German
achyranthe rude French
cadelari French
herbe d'Inde French
herbe sergent French
Marie-pourrie French
queue de rat French
abrojo Spanish (MX)
anamú Spanish
chile de perro Spanish
chilillo Spanish (HN)
mozote Spanish (HN)
rabo de gato Spanish (CU)
venven Spanish
achirante aspra Italian
scimitro Italian
kafbloem Dutch
folhas-galo Portuguese
malpica Portuguese
pupalia Portuguese
соломоцвет шероховатый Russian
rav-motz mechuspas Hebrew
רַב=מוֹץ מְחֻסְפָּס Hebrew
grootklits Afrikaans
langklitskafboom Afrikaans
tǔ niú xī Chinese
土牛膝 Chinese
naaveri Tamil
nayuruvi Tamil