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Common name

English: Sessile Joyweed

Mandarin: 莲子草 (lian zi cao)


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Caryophyllales (112)

        Family: Amaranthaceae (17)(family description)

          Genus: Alternanthera (2)

            Epithet: sessilis (L.) R. Br. ex DC. (1)

Synonyms: Achyranthes sessilis (L.) Desf. ex Steud., Alternanthera glabra Moq., Alternanthera nodiflora R. Br., Gomphrena sessilis L.

glabra => without hair, smooth, bald, bare

nodiflora => flowers at the nodes

sessilis => sitting close, destitute of a stalk


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: white

External links

Check for Alternanthera sessilis at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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