Alternanthera pungens Kunth

  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Amaranthaceae
  • Species : Alternanthera pungens
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Alternanthera pungens Kunth
  • Common name : Khaki Weed
  • Vernacular name : Kante vali santi (Hin.); Mullu honagonne (Kan.); Ottaramul, Thevadiyalmul (Tam.); Mullu ponnaganti (Tel.)
  • Key identification features : A spreading herb with opposite, simple, stalked, entire, spathulate leaves. Flowers are small, inconspicuous and aggregated into a head-like inflorescence. Bracts, bracteoles as well as the floral lobes are membranous and are pointed.
  • Habit : Herb
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the Year
  • Native : America
  • Comments : Often in plains to 1000 m. On crevices of stone pavements by plantations. Sometimes as a abundant weed of cultivation.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Throughout Eastern Ghats
  • World Distribution : Tropics & sub-tropics of the World
  • Literature : J.L.Ellis, 1990- Flora of Nallamalais Vol. 2; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 3 ; R. S. Rao and S. H. Sreeramulu, 1986 - Flora of Srikakulam District; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (2). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Arun Singh R., Deepak Kumar, Raja K Swamy and Navendu Page (2016). Digital Flora of Eastern Ghats. pungens. Downloaded on 16 July 2020.


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