Alternanthera nodiflora R. Br.

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Alternanthera nodiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road to Hwange NP, Main Camp.

Alternanthera nodiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road to Hwange NP, Main Camp.

Alternanthera nodiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Stream crossing on road from Chipinda Pools to Chlojo Cliffs, Gonarhezou National Park.

Alternanthera nodiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Stream crossing on road from Chipinda Pools to Chlojo Cliffs, Gonarhezou National Park.

Alternanthera nodiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools National Park

Alternanthera nodiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools National Park

Alternanthera nodiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools National Park

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Synonyms: Alternanthera sessilis (L.) DC. var. nodiflora (R. Br.) Kuntze
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Probably introduced
Description:
Annual or perennial herb, prostrate, ascending or erect, up to 40 cm high. Stem and branches green or purplish-brown. Leaves opposite, subsessile, linear to narrowly elliptic, 2-7 cm long, usually hairless or thinly hairy when young. Infloresences sessile, axillary, solitary or in clusters of up to 5, globose, c. 7-10 mm in diameter. Bracts and bracteoles, ovate-lanceolate acuminate, c. 2.5 mm long, white. Flower tepals ovate acuminate, 3-4 mm long, white or pinkish. Fruit obcordate, 2-2.5 mm wide, about half as long as the perianth lobes.
Notes: See the very similar Alternanthera sessilis for comparison.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In sandy soils in riverbeds, along banks of watercourses, in pans, swamps and marshes; also along roadsides.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native in Australia but also widespread in tropical Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 10 February 2016
Literature:

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 16.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 20.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 20.

Townsend, C.C. (1988). Amaranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 129 - 130.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Alternanthera nodiflora
Tropicos: Alternanthera nodiflora
West African Plants database: Alternanthera nodiflora


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: Species information: Alternanthera nodiflora.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=122530, retrieved 29 July 2016

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