2328.000 Achyranthes L.

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs with entire, opposite leaves. Inflorescence a slender spike, terminal on the stems and branches. Bracts with midrib excurrent into a spine. Modified sterile flowers 0. Flowers solitary in the bracts, bisexual. Bracteoles 2. Tepals 4-5, 1-3(-5)-nerved, narrowly lanceolate, mucronate with the excurrent midrib. Bracteoles with a spiny awn, the awn exceeding the membranous wings of the lamina. Stamens 5 (in ours); filaments alternating with pseudostaminodes. Fruits strongly deflexed, closely appressed to the inflorescence axis.

Worldwide: 6-8 species in the tropics and subtropics of the Old World

Zimbabwe: 2 taxa.

Achyranthes aspera var. sicula

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
aspera L. var. pubescens (Moq.) C.C. Towns.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
aspera L. var. sicula L.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Achyranthes:

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Flora of Botswana: Achyranthes
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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Achyranthes
Flora of Malawi: Achyranthes
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Flora of Zambia: Achyranthes

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Achyranthes
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Achyranthes
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iNaturalist: Achyranthes
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Achyranthes
JSTOR Plant Science: Achyranthes
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Achyranthes
Plants of the World Online: Achyranthes
Tropicos: Achyranthes
Wikipedia: Achyranthes

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Achyranthes.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=534, retrieved 24 September 2023

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