African Plant Database

Alternanthera sessilis (L.) R. Br. ex DC.
Protologue : Cat. Pl. Horti Monsp. 77 (1813)
Information on the genus : Alternanthera
Basionym : Gomphrena sessilis L.
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (naturalised-introduced)
Status for TA : accepted (indigenous)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Gomphrena sessilis L. (1753)
 Illecebrum sessile (L.) L. (1763)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Alternanthera achyranthes Forssk. (1775)
=Achyranthes repens L. (1753)
=Alternanthera repens (L.) J. F. Gmel. (1791)
=Achyranthes radicans Cav. (1801)
=Alternanthera denticulata R. Br. (1810)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : stem 3-5 mm ?at base; sprawling with branches ascending to much-branched, to ± 30 cm; in wetter places ascending or most commonly prostrate with stems ± 0,1-1 m long, rooting at the nodes, ± fistular, with numerous lateral branches; when floating very fi
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Ecology : By or in water (to ± 1 m deep or perhaps more); in damp forest; abandoned cultivation; margins of rivers, depressions, on many kinds of soils (poor sandy to loamy or black cotton); pioneer; 0-2100 m alt.
  Botswana; Egypt; tropics and subtropics of the World.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb- Ht up to 0.3 m. Alt: 5 - 1370 m. Distribution: BOT, NAM, FS, GA, KN, LP, MP, NC
Biol./Eco : Herb; distribution: Africa. Asia, New World,

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1988). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 9[1]: 129-130
  • Sosef & al (2006). Check-list des Plantes Vasculaires du Gabon.
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • LEBRUN, J. P. & A. L. STORK (1991). Enumération des plantes à fleurs d’Afrique tropicale. Généralités et Anonaceae à Pandanaceae. Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 1: 98

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • Fl. Afrique N. 8: 221 (1962). 
  • Fl. Algérie [Quézel & Santa] 1: 306 (1962).
  • Fl. Tunisie [Pottier-Alapetite] 1: 77 (1979).
  • OZENDA, P. (1983). Flore et végétation du Sahara. Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris.
  • Med-Checklist 1: 45 (1984).
  • Fl. Iberica 2: 557 (1990). 
  • BARRY J. P. & J. C. CELLES (1991). Flore de Mauritanie. Institut supérieur scientifique de Nouakchott - Université de Nice.
  • LEBRUN, J. P. (1998). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires de la Mauritanie et du Sahara occidental. Boissiera 55: 78
  • Fl. Egypt (Boulos) 1: 142 (1999).
  • BOULOS, L. & E. LE FLOC'H (2008). Flore de Tunisie : catalogue synonymique commenté
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Record n°146 modified 2008-11-20
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