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Alternanthera sessilis

Sessile joyweed

Aquarium suitability: no
See also: Alternanthera reineckii 'Rot' ('Red')
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Range and localities: 

Almost worldwide in tropical and subtropical regions

Common names: 
  • Sessile joyweed
  • Mukunu-Wenna

  • Achyranthes alternifolia Linné fil.
  • Alternanthera denticulata R. Brown
  • Alternanthera triandra Lamarck
  • Alternanthera repens Gmelin
  • Gomphrena sessilis Linné
  • Illecebrum sessile Linné

Trader names [?]: 
  • Alternanthera variegata

Habit, plant type:

  • stem
Botanical name [?]: Alternanthéra séssilis (L.) R.Br. ex DC.

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Alternanthera


Alternanthera sessilis is found in many tropical and subtropical regions of the earth in moist to wet disturbed areas, e.g. in marshed, on roadsides and in gardens. A dark red form of this species is widely spread as ornamental plant, and it is also often sold as aquarium plant. However, in contrast to Alternanthera reineckii it is unsuitable for submersed cultivation. Under water it forms very long internodes with small leaves and a very large number of roots high on the plant.

Emersed cultivation of the A. sessilis is very easy. This strikingly dark red plant is also suitable for paludaria or terraria.

References and further reading:
  1. Alternanthera sessilis in Global Invasive Species Database (http://www.issg.org/database/species/ecology.asp?si=767, accessed 25 May 2013)
  2. Posting from Paul Krombholz (HeyPK) on www.aquaticplantcentral.com (23 January 2011, accessed 01 May 2013))
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