2328.000 Achyranthes L.

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs with entire, opposite leaves. Inflorescence a slender spike, terminal on the stems and branches. Bracts with midrib excurrent into a spine. Modified sterile flowers 0. Flowers solitary in the bracts, bisexual. Bracteoles 2. Tepals 4-5, 1-3(-5)-nerved, narrowly lanceolate, mucronate with the excurrent midrib. Bracteoles with a spiny awn, the awn exceeding the membranous wings of the lamina. Stamens 5 (in ours); filaments alternating with pseudostaminodes. Fruits strongly deflexed, closely appressed to the inflorescence axis.

Worldwide: 6-8 species in the tropics and subtropics of the Old World

Zambia: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
aspera L. var. aspera Lk
aspera L. var. pubescens (Moq.) C.C. Towns.B,N,W,C,SCb,N,C,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
aspera L. var. sicula L.N,W,C,SCb,N,C,LkDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Achyranthes:

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Flora of Botswana: Achyranthes
Flora of Caprivi: Achyranthes
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Achyranthes
Flora of Malawi: Achyranthes
Flora of Mozambique: Achyranthes
Flora of Zimbabwe: Achyranthes

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Achyranthes
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Achyranthes
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Achyranthes
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iNaturalist: Achyranthes
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Achyranthes
JSTOR Plant Science: Achyranthes
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Achyranthes
Plants of the World Online: Achyranthes
Tropicos: Achyranthes
Wikipedia: Achyranthes

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Achyranthes.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=534, retrieved 1 October 2023

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