Calico Plant
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Calico Plant
ntroduced Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Calico Plant
Botanical name: Alternanthera bettzickiana    Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
Synonyms: Telanthera bettzichiana, Alternanthera amoena

Perennial herb with creeping or erect stems; leaves green or red, sometimes tinged yellow, elliptic, oblong-ovate to spatulate, up to 4 cm long, somewhat undulate; petiole up to 4 mm long; flowers in sessile axillary or terminal ovoid or globose heads; bracts and bracteoles up to 3 mm long, ovate-lanceolate, apex acuminate; tepals white, unequal, with excurrent midnerve, hairy outside; stamens 5; pseudostaminodes as long as stamens, 3-5 parted at tip.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Delhi.

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