Eclipta prostrata (L.) L.

Etymology Genus Deficient; referring to the lack of pappus attached to the fruit commonly found in the daisy family
Species After prostrate; referring to the low lying form
Family Asteraceae
Synonyms Cotula prostrata (L.) L., Acmella lanceolata Link ex Spreng., Eclipta angustifolia C.Presl
Common Names White Heads, Aring Aring
Status Exotic: Naturalised
Form Herb
Native Distribution North and South America


Eclipta prostrata is a very common herb of lawns and scrublands. The lanceolate leaves are oppositely arranged with sparse serrations or notches along the margins. The flower clusters are distinctive; completely white with yellow stigma.

Interesting Facts:

The White Heads is naturalised throughout all continents (with the exception of the poles of course) (GRIN, 1990).

The White Heads colonising a new lawn patch covered with soil.

Leaf close-up showing fine hairs and mild serrated margins.

The flower heads in full bloom.

The fruits.


GRIN. (1990) Eclipta prostrata (L.) L. Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture, National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville. Accessed on 28-May-2013.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2013-05-28 / Modified: 2017-12-25