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Alternanthera sessilis (sessile joyweed)

Synonyms: Achyranthes triandra; Alternanthera achyranthoides; Alternanthera polygonoides; Alternanthera sessilis var. nodiflora; Gomphrena polygonoides; Gomphrena sessilis; Telanthera polygonoides

Wikipedia Abstract

Alternanthera sessilis is an aquatic plant known by several common names, including sessile joyweed and dwarf copperleaf. It is used as an aquarium plant.The plant occurs throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the Old World. It has been introduced to the southern United States, and its origins in Central and South America are uncertain.The leaves are used as a vegetable. Young shoots and leaves are eaten as a vegetable in Southeast Asia.
View Wikipedia Record: Alternanthera sessilis

Invasive Species

Alternanthera sessilis is a weed that inhabits many areas of the world. It occupies moist areas and can be found from sea level to over 2000m. Alternanthera sessilis is a pest of sugarcane, a weed of rice in tropical areas, and an agricultural weed that invades disturbed wet areas in tropical and subtropical regions. It has been used widely around the world for its medicinal uses, as well as for food. The plant has been readily used for food partly due to its abundance.
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Leaf Type [1]  Evergreen
Lifespan [2]  Annual/Perennial
Structure [1]  Herb


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Okavango Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Floodplain Rivers and Wetland Complexes    
Volta Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Côte D’Ivoire, Mali, Togo Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Floodplain Rivers and Wetland Complexes    

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Archipelago de Colon Biosphere Reserve 34336011 Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  
Central Gulf Coastal Plain Biosphere Reserve 40530 United States  
Kakadu National Park II 4744348 Northern Territory, Australia
Kruger National Park II 4718115 Mpumalanga, South Africa
Mahale Mountains National Park II 398414 Tanzania
Norfolk Island National Park II 1723 Australian external territories, Australia  
Reserva de Biosfera del Chaco   Paraguay      


Adoxophyes privatana (Appleleaf-curling moth)[3]
Contigaspis cyanogena[4]
Eretmocera impactella[3]
Hypolimnas bolina (Great egg fly butterfly)[3]
Junonia atlites (Gray Pansy)[3]
Junonia lemonias (Lemon Pansy)[3]
Spilosoma strigatula[3]


Caribbean; North America; Oceania;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
2USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
3HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
4Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
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