Alternanthera brasiliana (L.) Kuntze

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Alternanthera brasiliana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare.

Alternanthera brasiliana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare.

Alternanthera brasiliana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare.

Alternanthera brasiliana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Staff compound, Aberfoyle Lodge, Honde Valley

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Synonyms: Alternanthera dentata (Moench) StuchlĂ­k ex R.E.Fr.
Common names: Brazilian joyweed (English) Calico plant (English) Joseph's coat (English) Purple joyweed (English) Ruby leaf (English)
Description: Shrubby perennial. Stems,branches and leaves deep purple. Inflorescences axillary and terminal, creamy-white.
Notes: This species is considered a naturalised and invasive weed in Florida and Australia. It is not really known as naturalised in Zimbabwe but the specimen in image 1-3 was apparently thriving among dumped garden rubbish in Borrowdale Common, Harare, while the specimen in image-4 also appeared naturalized outside a staff compound in Aberfoyle, Honde Valley.
Derivation of specific name: brasiliana: of Brazil
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Worldwide distribution: Native from southern Mexico, trough Central America and the Caribbean to tropical South America.
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Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Alternanthera brasiliana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Alternanthera brasiliana
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Alternanthera brasiliana
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Alternanthera brasiliana
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Alternanthera brasiliana
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Alternanthera brasiliana
Ispot Southern Africa : Alternanthera brasiliana
JSTOR Plant Science: Alternanthera brasiliana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Alternanthera brasiliana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Alternanthera brasiliana
Tropicos: Alternanthera brasiliana
West African Plants database: Alternanthera brasiliana


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Alternanthera brasiliana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=185840, retrieved 31 August 2016

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