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Alternanthera paronychioides var. paronychioides

Alternanthera paronychioides A. St.-Hil. var. paronychioides

Smooth Joyweed

Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)

Synonym(s): Achyranthes paronychioides, Alternanthera polygonoides


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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 32 inches tall.
Fruit: Utricle.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


USA: AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , NJ , PA , SC , TX
Native Habitat: Ballast ground, swamps, sandy places, limestone near salt water.

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-06-19
Research By: CBR

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