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Common name

English: Devil's horsewhip

Mandarin: 土牛膝 (tu niu xi)


Kingdom: Plantae (2564)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2462)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2084)

      Order: Caryophyllales (103)

        Family: Amaranthaceae (15)(family description)

          Genus: Achyranthes (1)

            Epithet: aspera L.(5)

Synonyms: Achyranthes argentea Lam., Achyranthes obtusifolia Lamarck

argentea => silvery

aspera => rough, sharp to the touch

obtusifolia => with leaves blunt at the apex


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: violet, pink

External links

Check for Achyranthes aspera at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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