African Plant Database

Alternanthera pungens Kunth
Protologue : Nov. Gen. Sp. [H.B.K.] 2: 206 (1818)
Information on the genus : Alternanthera
Status for NA : accepted (naturalised-introduced)
Status for SA : accepted (naturalised-introduced)
Status for TA : accepted (indigenous)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Alternanthera achyrantha R. Br. (1824)
=*Alternanthera repens (L.) Link (1821) non J.F.Gmel.
=Alternanthera achyrantha (L.) Sweet
=Illecebrum achyrantha L. (1762)
=Alternanthera echinata Sm. (1819)
=Achyranthes repens L. (1753)
=Alternanthera repens (L.) J.F. Gmel. (1791)
=Illecebrum obliquum Schumach. (1827)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Prostrate, mat-forming perennial herb with a stout vertical rootstock; branched at base into a small bush.
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Ecology : Bare, heavily trodden places along tracks and roadsides, and especially where trampled by cattle; river banks; in Cynodon grassland; 0-2020 m alt. Native of tropical America; Botswana; Egypt; tropics and subtropics of the World.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb- Ht 0.3 m. Alt: 90 - 2000 m. Distribution: BOT, NAM, FS, GA, KN, SWZ

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Peyre de Fabrègues B. & J. P. Lebrun (1976). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Niger. Maison Alfort
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1988). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 9[1]: 124-125
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:131 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 1: 98 (1991).

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • LEBRUN, J. P. (1998). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires de la Mauritanie et du Sahara occidental. Boissiera 55: 78
  • Fl. Egypt (Boulos) 1: 140 (1999).
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Record n°144 modified 2009-04-15
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