2335.000 Alternanthera Forssk.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs with entire, opposite leaves. Inflorescences of axillary heads or short spikes, bracteate. Flowers bisexual, solitary in the axil of each bract, subtended by 2 bracteoles. Tepals 5, glabrous and 1-nerved or barbed-pilose and 3-nerved, free, equal or unequal. Stamens 2-5, alternating with pseudostaminodes. Fruit an indehiscent capsule.

Derivation of name: alterno - anthera; alternate flowers

Worldwide: c. 200 species, mainly in the New World tropics; some worldwide weeds

Zimbabwe: 4 taxa.

Alternanthera caracasana

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SpeciesLinks to mapsFZ divisionsContent
caracasana KunthN,W,CDescription, Image
nodiflora R. Br.N,W,C,SImage
pungens KunthN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
sessilis (L.) DC.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image

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Other sources of information about Alternanthera:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Alternanthera
Flora of Mozambique: Alternanthera
Flora of Zambia: Alternanthera

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Alternanthera
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Alternanthera
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Alternanthera
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Alternanthera
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Alternanthera

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Alternanthera.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=539, retrieved 24 October 2014

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