Elephantopus nudatus

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Elephantopus nudatus
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Photo by Chris Evans, University of Illinois, Bugwood.org
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae ⁄ Compositae
Genus: Elephantopus
Species: E. nudatus
Binomial name
Elephantopus nudatus
A. Gray
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Natural range of Elephantopus nudatus from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Smooth elephantsfoot

Taxonomic notes


A description of Elephantopus nudatus is provided in The Flora of North America.




It is found in edges of swamps, creek bottomlands, hammocks, Longleaf pine-wiregrass savannas, edges of deciduous forests, open pine flatwoods, boggy bottomlands, in wooded area above floodplains and in floodplains, in mesic flatwoods, and edges of ponds. Is also found in human disturbed areas such as along the roadside, flatwoods that have been clear cut, and in lawn adjacent to parking lot area. Can thrive in areas of low light or high light levels. Is associated with moist, loamy sand; fine, sandy soils; alluvial sands; and loamy humus soil types.[1]

Associated species include Chasmanthium sessiliflorum, Cyperus tetragonus, Panicum hamitomon, Bacopa. [1]


E. nudatus has been observed flowering in September[2] and October.[1]

Conservation and management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

Gil Nelson’s Panflora database. URL: http://www.gilnelson.com/PanFlora. Last accessed July 2015.
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: June 2014. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, D. B. Ward, Robert K. Godfrey, R. D. Houk, D. B. Ward, S. S. Ward, Jean W. Wooten, R. Kral, Almut G. Jones, R. A. Norris, R. Komarek, and Cecil R Slaughter. States and Counties: Florida: Baker, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, Santa Rosa, St Johns, Union, Wakulla, and Walton. Georgia: Grady and Thomas.
  2. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. www.gilnelson.com/PanFlora/ Accessed: JULY 2015