Achyranthes brasiliana (L.) Standl.
Achyranthes brasiliana Thouin ex Moq.
Alternanthera dentata (Moench) Stuchlík ex R.E.Fr.
Alternanthera jacquini Standl.
Alternanthera jacquinii (Schrad.) Alain
Alternanthera moquinii grandiceps Suess.
Alternanthera straminea (Mart.) Millsp.
Alternanthera straminea (Mart.) Suess.
Gomphrena brasiliana L.
Gomphrena brasiliensis (L.) Lam.
Gomphrena brasiliensis Jacq.
Gomphrena brasiliensis L.
Gomphrena dentata Moench
Gomphrena patula J.C.Wendl.
Alternanthera brasiliana is an erect, herbaceous plant that can grow up to 3 metres tall, but is usually less than 1 metre in cultivation[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is often grown as an ornamental[
S. America - Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Nicaragua, Belize, Guatemala to Mexico; Caribbean.
Naturalized around habitations, in waste lands and fallow land in west Africa[
]. Moist, shaded localities on ravine slopes and stream banks, at elevations from 200 - 600 metres in Java[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Succeeds in most well-drained but moderately moist soils[
The plant often self-seeds in the garden and can become weedy[
]. The stems of the plant, when discarded, can form roots and develop into a new plant[
]. It has escaped from cultivation and become naturalized in some areas[
Plants can flower all year round[
Leaves - cooked and used as a vegetable[
The plant is said to be aphrodisiac[
The plant could be useful as an antiviral agent[
The leaf juice is squeezed into vinegar and drunk as a refreshing, antidiarrhoeic infusion[
Seed - it can remain dormant in the soil for a long time[
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