Sonchus wightianus DC.

Last updated: 17 August 2015

Scientific Name

Sonchus wightianus DC.


Sonchus orixensis Roxb., Sonchus picris H.Lév. & Vaniot, Sonchus wightianus var. wightianus, Sonchus wightianus subsp. wightianus. [1]

Vernacular Name

Indonesia Tempuyung (Javanese); lempung (Sundanese); jombang [2]
Philippines Lampaka (Ilocano); lunglung an manema (Ifugao); pisay a otan (Marinduque) [2]
Vietnam Nh[ux] c[us]c d[oof]ng [2].

Geographical Distributions

Sonchus wightianus is of Asian origin and distributed from Afghanistan through South Asia and Indo-China to Taiwan. It occurs in Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia (Java). [2]

S. wightianus occurs in humid places such as dikes of paddy fields and irrigation canals up to 3200 m altitude. This species usually flowers and fruits year-round. [2]

Botanical Description

S. wightianus is a member of the family Compositae. This species is a perennial, branched herb, up to 140 cm tall, always with a taproot and sometimes rhizomatic as well. The 5-30 cm x 1-6 cm leaves are rosette and cauline. They are entire to pinnatipartite with more or less triangular lobes and with dentate to spiny margin. [2]

The upper leaves are short, lance-shaped to narrowly triangular. There are 180-300 flowers per head. The involucral bracts are about 40 and densely glandular hairy. The petal tube is 7-8 mm, and with 5-6 mm long ligule. [2]

The fruit is wrinkled, 3.5-4.25 mm x 1 mm, with 1 major and 4 minor ribs on each side. The pappus is about 8 mm long and subpersistent. [2]


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Poisonous Management

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Figure 1: The line drawing of S. wightianus [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver 1.1. Sonchus wightianus DC. [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Feb 11; 2015 Aug 18]. Available from:
  2. Sonchus wightianus DC. In: Siemonsma JS, Piluek K, editors. Plant resources of South-East Asia No 8: Vegetables. Wagenigen, Netherlands: Pudoc; 1994.