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Vernonia elliptica


Vernonia elliptica DC.

Family Name: Asteraceae (Compositae)
Synonyms: Vernonia elaeagnifolia DC.
Common Name: Curtain Creeper


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Creeper, Climber
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Weeping / Pendulous


Native Distribution Myanmar
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Local Conservation Status Non-native (Spontaneous (Casual))

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A creeper with slender stems cascading giving a curtain feature. Plant can climb but requires support.
Foliage Green, elliptical leaves with entire to irregularly toothed margin, growing alternately along the stems.
Stems Slender stems
Flowers Clusters of pinkish white flowers on axillary stems.
Etymology The genus Vernonia honours William Vernon, an English botanist and collector.

Landscaping Features

Landscaping A creeper that climbs up and stems hanging down forming a curtain view, hence the common name Curtain Creeper. Suitable for growing over walls.
Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Little Water
Plant Growth Rate Fast
Propagation Method Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Silver / Grey
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Green
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Alternate
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Elliptical)
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Foliar Margin Entire, Serrate / Toothed
Foliar Apex - Tip Acute
Foliar Base Acute, Rounded / Obtuse

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) White
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Axillary
Inflorescence Type Compound Head / Capitulum

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Master ID 237
Species ID 1533
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Species record last updated on: 03 November 2022.