Flora of the Marquesas
Dicotyledon Literature for Elephantopus mollis
Wagner et al. 1990, 1999..
   Asteraceae -- The Sunflower Family Bibliography
      Elephantopus mollis Kunth
General Information

DistributionOrigin Tropical America, now Pantropical. In the Marquesas, naturalized on Nuku Hiva, Ua Huka, Ua Pou, Hiva Oa, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva.
Habit
Coarse perennial herbs 3-15(-20) dm tall, villous, often densely so.
Leaves
Leaves cauline, rarely primarily basal, upper surface dark green, lower surface paler, oblanceolate to elliptic oblanceolate, 7-22 cm long, 2-7 cm wide, lower surface densely soft pubescent, margins crenate, base clasping the stem.
Flowers
Heads in terminal clusters subtended by broadly deltate bracts, each head with ca. 4 florets; involucral bracts 8, in 2 series, the outer ones 4.5-5 mm long, the inner ones 5.5-7.5 mm long; corollas white or pinkish, 3-4 mm long; pappus of 5(-8) straight bristles.
Fruit
Achenes obovoid, 1.9-2.7 mm long.
Chromosomes
2n = 22.