Taxon: Achyranthes aspera L.

Genus: Achyranthes
Family: Amaranthaceae
Nomen number: 401486
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:204. 1753, nom. cons.
Link to protologue:
Comment: conserved (nom. cons.) with a conserved type (Melbourne ICN Art. 14.9 & App. IV) through conservation of the genus Achyranthes
Name Verified on: 12-Mar-2004 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 21-May-2013
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7)
Accessions: 2 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Harmful organism host: crop diseases (fide WorldWeeds 16. 1997)
  • Environmental: potential as soil improver (as green manure fide Use Pl WT Afr)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Herbs Commerce ed2; CRC MedHerbs ed2)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Econ Pl Aust; Weeds SAfr 2001)

Distributional Range:



  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya ; Tanzania ; Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Sudan
    • Northern Africa: Algeria ; Egypt ; Morocco ; Tunisia
    • West Tropical Africa: Cote D'Ivoire ; Nigeria ; Senegal ; Sierra Leone
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon
  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang
    • Eastern Asia: Taiwan
    • Western Asia: Afghanistan ; Iran ; Jordan ; Lebanon ; Syria
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Bhutan ; India ; Nepal ; Pakistan ; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Cambodia ; Laos ; Myanmar ; Thailand ; Vietnam
    • Malesia: Indonesia ; Malaysia
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory
  • Europe

    • Southeastern Europe: Italy
    • Southwestern Europe: Spain
  • Northern America

    • Southern Mexico: Mexico Chiapas, Quintana Roo
  • Southern America

    • Caribbean: Barbados ; Dominica ; Grenada ; St. Lucia ; St. Vincent and Grenadines
    • Central America: Costa Rica ; El Salvador ; Guatemala ; Honduras ; Nicaragua
    • Northern South America: French Guiana ; Guyana ; Suriname
    • Western South America: Bolivia ; Colombia ; Ecuador ; Peru

  • Naturalized


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