African Plant Database

Achyranthes aspera L.
Protologue : Sp. Pl. 1: 204 (1753)  
Information on the genus : Achyranthes
Status for MA : accepted (naturalised-introduced)
Status for NA : accepted (naturalised-introduced)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Achyranthes aspera L. var. aspera (1753)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Achyranthes annua Dinter (1917)
=Achyranthes aspera var. obtusifolia (Lam.) Suess.
=Achyranthes obtusifolia Lam. (1785)
=Achyranthes robusta C.H. Wright (1910)
=Achyranthes aspera var. indica L. (1753)
=Achyranthes indica (L.) Mill. (1768)
=Achyranthes obovata Peter (1932)
Taxon infra-specific
Achyranthes aspera L. var. aspera (1753)
Achyranthes aspera var. pubescens (Moq.) C.C. Towns. (1974)
Achyranthes aspera var. sicula L. (1753)
Achyranthes aspera var. porphyrostachya (Wall. ex Moq.) Hook. f. (1885)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial herb or weak shrub occasionally flowering in the first above the base which is unknown; leaves linear, fleshy. weak, distinctly to obscurely 4-angled, striate or sulcate; very variable in habit and colour.
Ecology : Forest and forest-grassland transition; on a wide range of soil types; disturbed dry places; field weed; 0-3080 m alt. Tropical and warmer regions. Comprises 3 vars. (or 4 vars., cf. Cheek & al., Pl. Mt. Oku..., Cameroon: 113, 2000).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Sosef & al (2006). Check-list des Plantes Vasculaires du Gabon.
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:130 (2012)
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • Cat. Pl. Maroc 2: 192 (1932).  
  • Med-Checklist 1: 45 (1984).
  • BARRY J. P. & J. C. CELLES (1991). Flore de Mauritanie. Institut supérieur scientifique de Nouakchott - Université de Nice.
  • Fl. Egypt (Boulos) 1: 139 (1999).

Bibliography other :
  • von Raab-Straube E. & T. Raus (2018). Euro+Med-Checklist Notulae, 9 Willdenowia 48(2): 195
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Record n°131334 modified 2007-03-30
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