We have followed the treatment in GRIN, but some treatments see Alternanthera bettzickiana as a synonym of Alternanthera paronychioides A.St.-Hil.[
The specific name is sometimes spelt bettzichiana[
Achyranthes bettzickiana (Regel) Standl.
Alternanthera bettzickiana (Regel) Voss
Alternanthera ficoidea bettzickiana (Regel) Backer
Alternanthera ficoidea versicolor (Lem.) L.B.Sm. & Downs
Alternanthera spathulata Lem.
Alternanthera versicolor (Lem.) Regel
Telanthera bettzickiana Regel
Telanthera ficoide versicolor Lem.
Telanthera picta (Passarge) C.Koch
Alternanthera bettzickiana is a herbaceous perennial plant, often with variegated leaves, growing 20 - 80cm tall[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for its edible leaves. It is widely grown as an ornamental in tropical and subtropical gardens, being valued especially for the colourfully variegated leaves[
Probably originated in Brazil, but widely cultivated and found through much of the tropics and subtropics.
Probably unknown as a truly wild plant, it sometimes escapes from cultivation and is found in open, sunny sites at elevations up to 2,000 metres[
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds in full sun to partial shade[
]. Prefers an organically rich, consistently moist, well-drained soil[
Plants can flower throughout the year[
Leaves and young shoots - raw or cooked[
]. Mild flavoured, they can be eaten in salads or boiled and used as a vegetable[
The cooked vegetable is given to anaemic children in order to improve their health[
The plant has an extensive root system and is cultivated in plantations as a ground cover and to prevent soil erosion[
The plant can be trimmed and grown as a low hedge[
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