Slender erect perennial, sometimes climbing or scrambling. The leaves are often covered in silvery indumentum when young (less noticeable in shade growing specimens) Inflorescences dense at first but elongating up to 25 cm with more widely spaced flowers. Flowers greenish to silvey-white, often tinged with purple-red.
Achyranthes aspera var. pubescens is a much more robust plant, sometimes softly woody at the older parts. It has larger flowers (up to 1.2 cm in diam.) and lacks the silvery indumentum on the underside of the leaves.
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: Species information: Achyranthes aspera var. sicula. http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=122450, retrieved 2 September 2014