Alternanthera ficoidea (L.) Sm.
  • Cycl.
  • Sanguinarea

Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2019): Alternanthera ficoidea (L.) Sm. Published on the Internet; Accessed on: 14 Dec 2019'

General Information

Procumbent or decumbent hispidulous or glabrate perennials, the branching stems to 100 cm. long. Leaves slightly pubescent but soon glabrate, elliptic to broadly ovate or obovate, apically acuminate to acute and mucronate, basally rounded to cuneate, 2-6 cm. long, 0.5-2 cm. wide; petioles 2-10 mm. long, usually winged. Inflorescences of stramineous to white globose to ovoid heads, 3-10 mm. long, 3-6 mm. broad, sessile in the axils. Flowers perfect, bracts and bracteoles subequal, ovate, aristate, 1.5-3 mm. long; sepals 5, the outer 3 broader, 3-ribbed, basally indurate and hispidulous, 3-5 mm. long; stamens 5, united below into a tube, the pseudostaminodia lacerate and exceeding the filaments; ovary obovoid; style 1, 2-3 times as long as the capitate stigma. Fruit an indehiscent suborbicular utricle, 1-1.5 mm. long; seeds reddish brown, cochleate-orbiculate, 0.8-1.2 mm. broad.

  • Provided by: [B].Flora de Panama
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    The native range of this species is perhaps from Mexico to Argentina, but various forms are cultivated elsewhere as ornamentals and soil binders.

  • Provided by: [B].Flora de Panama
    • Source: [
    • 1
    • ]. 

    Other Local Names


     Information From

    World Flora Online Data. 2017.
    • A CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).
    Flora de Panama
    Robert E. Woodson, Jr. and Robert W. Schery Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 67, No. 4 (1980), pp. ii-xxxiii
    • B Missouri Botanical Garden
    Flora of North America @
    'Flora of North America @ eFloras (2008). Published on the Internet [accessed August 2016]' Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
    • C Flora of North America Association
    World Flora Online consortium
    World Flora Online Data. 2018.
    • D CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).