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Taxon: Alternanthera ficoidea (L.) P. Beauv.

Genus: Alternanthera
Family: Amaranthaceae
Nomen number: 101486
Place of publication: Fl. Oware 2:66, t. 99, fig. 1. 1818 "ficoides" (Smith in Rees, Cycl. 39(2)(suppl.): Alternanthera no. 8. 1819)
Link to protologue:
Comment: based on Gomphrena ficoidea L., which is conserved (nom. cons.) with a conserved type (Shenzhen ICN Art. 14.9 & App. IV) according to traditional application sensu A. tenella Colla
Name Verified on: 24-Jun-1999 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 31-Jul-2018
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System


Common names:

  • parrotleaf  (Source: BSBI) - English
  • sanguinarea  (Source: F NAmer) - English

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Pl Book); ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Pl Book)

Distributional Range:


    Southern America
    • CARIBBEAN: Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States [Puerto Rico]
    • NORTHERN SOUTH AMERICA: French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela
    • BRAZIL: Brazil
    • WESTERN SOUTH AMERICA: Bolivia, Colombia

    Cultivated (also cult.)

    Naturalized (natzd. elsewhere)


  1. Adams, C. Flowering plants of Jamaica. 1972 (F Jam)
  2. Botanical Society of the British Isles BSBI taxon database (on-line resource). (BSBI)
  3. Brummitt, R. K. 1982. Report of the Committee for Spermatophyta: 24 (Taxon) 31:540-541.
  4. Brummitt, R. K. 1985. Report of the Committee for Spermatophyta: 29 (Taxon) 34:662.
  5. Brummitt, R. K. 1989. Report of the Committee for Spermatophyta: 36 (Taxon) 38:299.
  6. Burkart, A. E., ed. Flora ilustrada de Entre Rios. (F EntreR)
  7. Encke, F. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 14. Auflage. 1993 (Zander ed14)
  8. FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. (F NAmer)
  9. Görts-van Rijn, A. R. A., ed. Flora of the Guianas. (F Guianas)
  10. Howard, R. Flora of the lesser Antilles. (F LAnt)
  11. Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
  12. Kanis, A. 1983. (697) Proposal to reconsider rejection of Gomphrena ficoidea (L.) (Amaranthaceae); lectotypification and rejection of species names (Taxon) 32:316-319.
  13. Kunkel, G. Plants for human consumption. 1984 (L Edible Pl)
  14. Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. (Hortus 3)
  15. Mabberley, D. J. The plant-book: a portable dictionary of the vascular plants, ed. 2. 1997 (Pl Book)
  16. Mears, J. A. 1980. The Linnaean species of Gomphrena L. (Amaranthaceae) (Taxon) 29:89-90.
  17. Mears, J. A. 1978. The nomenclature and type collections of the widespread taxa of Alternanthera (Amaranthaceae) Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 129:7.
  18. Nicolson, D. H. et al. Flora of Dominica, Part 2: Dicotyledonae. Smithsonian contributions to botany vol. 77. (F Dominica) 20.
  19. Pedersen, T. M. 1980. Comment on proposal (449) on Alternanthera ficoidea (Taxon) 29:326-328.
  20. Reitz, R., ed. Flora ilustrada catarinense. (F SCatarin)
  21. Still, S. M. Manual of herbaceous ornamental plants, ed. 4. 1994 (Man HerbPl)
  22. Veldkamp, J. F. 1978. (449) A proposal to reject the name Alternanthera ficoidea (Linné) Beauv. (Amaranthaceae) in favour of Alternanthera tenella Colla (Taxon) 27:313.
  23. Voss, E. G. 1986. General Committee Report 1982-1985 (Taxon) 35:552.
  24. Walters, S. M. et al., eds. European garden flora. (Eur Gard F)

Check other web resources for Alternanthera ficoidea (L.) P. Beauv. :

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=101486. Accessed 22 April 2019.