Alternanthera brasiliana

(Linnaeus) Kuntze

Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 537. 1891.

Common names: Brazilian joyweed
Basionym: Gomphrena brasiliana Linnaeus Cent. Pl. II, 13. 1756
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 448.
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Herbs or subshrubs, annual or perennial, 5–6 dm. Stems erect, villous, glabrate. Leaves sessile; blade ovate to lanceolate, 1–7 × 0.7–1 cm, herbaceous, villous. Inflorescences terminal and axillary, pedunculate; heads white, globose, 0.7–1 cm diam.; bracts keeled, shorter than to equaling tepals. Flowers: tepals monomorphic, green to stramineous, lanceolate, 3–4 mm, apex acuminate, villous, hairs not barbed; stamens 5; pseudostaminodes ligulate, margins fimbriate. Utricles included within tepals, brown, ellipsoid, 2 mm, apex acute. Seeds ovoid-oblong, 1.4 mm.

Phenology: Flowering spring.
Habitat: Sandy, wet, disturbed sites
Elevation: 0-10 m


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Introduced; Fla., Mexico, West Indies, Central America (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua), South America.


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Steven E. Clemants +
(Linnaeus) Kuntze +
Gomphrena brasiliana +
Brazilian joyweed +
Fla. +, Mexico +, West Indies +, Central America (Belize +, Guatemala +, Honduras +, Nicaragua) +  and South America. +
0-10 m +
Sandy, wet, disturbed sites +
Flowering spring. +
Revis. Gen. Pl. +
Introduced +
Alternanthera brasiliana +
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