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

Mozambique: 3 taxa.

Alternanthera sessilis

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
nodiflora R. Br.Z,T,MS,MDescription, Image
pungens KunthT,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
sessilis (L.) DC.N,Z,T,MS,GIDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Alternanthera:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Alternanthera
Flora of Caprivi: Alternanthera
Flora of Malawi: Alternanthera
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Alternanthera
Flora of Zambia: Alternanthera
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Alternanthera
Flora of Zimbabwe: Alternanthera
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated 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 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Alternanthera.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=539, retrieved 12 December 2017

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