EPPO Global Database

Verbesina encelioides(VEEEN)

Distribution details in Reunion

Current pest situation evaluated by EPPO on the basis of information dated 2009: Present, restricted distribution
EPPO Reporting Service (2009/222) : common on road sides and sandy coastlines. The first observations are reported in de Cordemoy (1895). Probably introduced there as an ornamental plant. This species has been recently recorded in the following localities:
- Etang Salé: it was first observed in2001 by Lavergne in a forest clearing on sandy soils. In 2005, it was then observed by Le Bourgeois and Hivert on 2 to 3 km of a road side along the main road (RN1), with 30 to 50% cover, and in vegetable crops, covering 10 to 50%;
- Saint Louis: observed in 2005 by Hivert at the “Camp du Gol”;
- Saint Leu: observed in 2006 by Hivert at the site “les sables”;
- Saint Paul: observed in 2006 by Hivert at the site “les nèfles”.
So far, V. encelioides is not perceived as a threat in Reunion Island.
* Cordemoy de JE (1895, réimp. 1972) Flore de l’île de la Réunion. Paul Klincksieck, Paris, 574 p.

* Hind DJN (1993) 11. Helianthaceae Cass. In Flore des Mascareignes (Bosser J, Guého J et Jeffrey C, réd.), Vol. 109. Composées. MSIRI, ORSTOM et Kew. 261 p.

* MASCARINE (1999) Base de données relationnelle sur la flore et les habitats de La Réunion. [Base de données locale]. Conservatoire Botanique National de Mascarin, Saint Leu, Réunion. Consultée en novembre 2009.

* Thomas Le Bourgeois, pers. comm., 2009, thomas.le_bourgeois@cirad.fr, Christophe Lavergne, pers. comm., 2009 clavergne@cbnm.org