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Alternanthera brasiliana (L.) Kuntze
Brazilian joyweed

Alternanthera brasiliana
Copyright by: Forest & Kim Starr

Family: Amaranthaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Native to South America; widely cultivated and sometimes naturalized elsewhere.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

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Alternanthera brasiliana has been found in the following 2 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Lee County Not Native, Naturalized
Miami-Dade County Not Native, Naturalized


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Alternanthera brasiliana
Copyright by: Forest & Kim Starr