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Alternanthera caracasana (Washerwoman)
Cliffe, Harry

Alternanthera caracasana

Alternanthera caracasana Kunth


Amaranthaceae (Amaranth Family)

Synonym(s): Achyranthes peploides, Alternanthera peploides

USDA Symbol: ALCA5

USDA Native Status: L48 (I), HI (I), PR (N), VI (N)

The Amaranthaceae are a family of annual or perennial herbs with small, crowded flowers. There are usually 5 sepals and no petals. Filaments of the stamens are often united into a short tube.


From the Image Gallery

2 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Shape: Obovate , Oval , Ovate
Leaf Apex: Apiculate
Inflorescence: Axillary , Spike
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , FL , GA , HI , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NM , OK , SC , TX

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0973 Collected Oct 12, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Additional resources

USDA: Find Alternanthera caracasana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Alternanthera caracasana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Alternanthera caracasana


Record Modified: 2008-07-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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