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Common name

English: Cayenne snakeweed


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Lamiales (196)

        Family: Verbenaceae (14)(family description)

          Genus: Stachytarpheta (3)

            Epithet: cayennensis (Rich.) Vahl (1)

Synonyms: Abena cayennensis (Rich.) Hitchc., Stachytarpheta dichotoma (Ruiz & Pav.) Vahl, Stachytarpheta urticifolia Sims, Valerianoides cayennensis (Rich.) Kuntze

cayennensis => of or from Cayenne (capital city of French Guiana)

dichotoma => divided in two, forked

urticifolia => nettle-leaved


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: blue, purple

External links

Check for Stachytarpheta cayennensis at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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