Taxon: Alternanthera sessilis (L.) DC.

Genus: Alternanthera
Family: Amaranthaceae
Nomen number: 2713
Place of publication: Cat. pl. horti monsp. 77. 1813
Link to protologue:
  • • combination not validly made by R. Brown, Prodr. 1:417. 1810
  • • authorship verified from original literature
Name Verified on: 12-Mar-2004 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 19-Sep-2012
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • rabbit-meat  (Source: BSBI) - English
  • sessile joyweed  (Source: State Noxweed Seed) - English
  • periquito-sessil  (Source: F SCatarin) - Portuguese
  • bredo-d�água  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • perpétua  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • lian zi cao  (Source: F ChinaEng) - Transcribed Chinese

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: vegetable (fide F Ceylon)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Pl Res SEAs 12(1):109. 1999)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Atlas WWeed)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China Anhui, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang
    • Eastern Asia: Taiwan
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Bhutan ; India ; Nepal
    • Indo-China: Cambodia ; Laos ; Myanmar ; Thailand ; Vietnam
    • Malesia: Indonesia ; Malaysia ; Philippines

  • Naturalized


  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India ; Sri Lanka


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