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Taxon: Alternanthera bettzickiana (Regel) G. Nicholson

Genus: Alternanthera
Family: Amaranthaceae
Nomen number: 105429
Place of publication: Ill. dict. gard. 1:59. 1884
Link to protologue:
  • • although Nicholson's reference to a basionym was only "Brasilia, 1862"
  • • since Nicholson's name was otherwise validly published, it can be treated as a new combination under Shenzhen ICN Art. 41.4
Name Verified on: 12-Mar-2004 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 1 (1 active, 1 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Autonyms (not in current use), synonyms and invalid designations:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym, I invalid designation)

Common names:

  • calico-plant  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • Papageienblatt  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • jin xiu xian  (Source: F ChinaEng) - Transcribed Chinese

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: erosion control; ornamental; ornamental; soil improver; soil improver

Distributional Range:

    Cultivated (cult. in tropics)

    Other (possible origin Brazil)


  1. Aubréville, A. et al., eds. 1960-. Flore du Cambodge du Laos et du Viet-Nam.
  2. Bosser, J. M. et al., eds. 1976-. Flores des Mascareignes. Note: = Alternanthera tenella var. bettzickiana (Regel) Veldk.
  3. Brako, L. & J. L. Zarucchi. 1993. Catalogue of the flowering plants and gymnosperms of Peru. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 45 Note: lists as Alternanthera bettzickiana (Regel) Voss
  4. Burkill, H. M. 1985-2004. The useful plants of west tropical Africa. Note: lists as Alternanthera bettzickiana (Regel) Voss
  5. Dassanayake, M. D. & F. R. Fosberg, eds. 1980-. A revised handbook to the flora of Ceylon. Note: lists as Alternanthera bettzickiana (Regel) Voss
  6. El-Hadidi, M. N. & M. S. Abdallah. 1980-. Flora of Egypt. Note: lists as Alternanthera bettzickiana (Regel) Voss
  7. Encke, F. et al. 1993. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 14. Auflage Note: = Alternanthera ficoidea 'Bettzickiana'
  8. Grierson, A. J. C. & D. J. Long. 1984-. Flora of Bhutan including a record of plants from Sikkim. Note: lists as Alternanthera bettzickiana (Regel) Voss
  9. Hanelt, P., ed. 2001. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6
  10. Harling, G. & B. Sparre, eds. 1973-. Flora of Ecuador. Note: lists as "bettzichiana"
  11. Howard, R. 1974-1989. Flora of the lesser Antilles. Note: lists as Alternanthera bettzickiana (Regel) Voss
  12. Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening
  13. Mears, J. A. 1978. The nomenclature and type collections of the widespread taxa of Alternanthera (Amaranthaceae). Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 129(1):16-19. Note: lists as Alternanthera bettzickiana (Regel) Voss
  14. Nasir, E. & S. I. Ali, eds. 1970-. Flora of [West] Pakistan. Note: lists as Alternanthera bettzickiana (Regel) Voss
  15. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  16. Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants Note: lists as Alternanthera bettzickiana (Regel) Voss
  17. Reitz, R., ed. 1965-. Flora ilustrada catarinense. Note: = Alternanthera ficoidea var. spathulata (Lemaire) L. B. Sm. & Downs
  18. Smitinand, T. & K. Larsen, eds. 1970-. Flora of Thailand.
  19. Steenis, C. G. G. J. van, ed. 1948-. Flora malesiana. Note: = Alternanthera ficoides var. bettzichiana (G. Nicholson) C. A. Backer
  20. Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. 1952-. Flora of tropical East Africa. Note: = Alternanthera tenella var. bettzickiana (Regel) Veldk.
  21. 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. Note: = Alternanthera tenella var. bettzickiana (Regel) Veldk.
  22. Walters, S. M. et al., eds. 1986-2000. European garden flora. Note: = Alternanthera ficoidea 'Bettzickiana'
  23. Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. 1994-. Flora of China (English edition).

Check other web resources for Alternanthera bettzickiana (Regel) G. Nicholson :

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=105429. Accessed 8 August 2020.