Alternanthera paronychioides St. Hil., Voy. Distr. Diamans Bresil. 2:439. 1833
Prostrate herb often confused with A. pungens from which its is very distinct in soft nearly fleshy branches, white-villous when young; leaves soft, covered with long hairs when young, mostly shorter than 2 cm, less than half as broad as long, lanceolate to elliptic-ovate; inflorescence nearly 5 mm across, tepals white, subequal without spiny tips.
The plant is characteristic of frequently inundated habitats. Photographed from banks of Yamuna river in Wazirabad, Delhi. in July, 2009.
This plant from Hyderabad by Garg ji has been wrongly labelled as A. pungens at FOI website.
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