EPPO Global Database

Alternanthera philoxeroides(ALRPH)

Last modification: 2002-08-21

Basic information
  • EPPO code: ALRPH
  • Preferred name: Alternanthera philoxeroides
  • Authority: (von Martius) Grisebach


South America. An aquatic species, cultivated as an aquarium plant, readily escaping to establish as an aquatic weed. Introduced in Indian subcontinent, China, Japan, Indochina, Malesia, southern USA, Mexico, Australasia

WSSA list of weeds in North America

Other scientific names
Name Authority
Achyranthes paludosa Bunbury
Achyranthes philoxeroides (von Martius) Standley
Alternanthera philoxerina Suessenguth
Bucholzia philoxeroides von Martius
Telanthera philoxeroides (von Martius) Moquin-Tandon

Common names
Name Language
alligator weed English (US)
hierba del caimán Spanish (HN)
hierba lagarto Spanish
lagunilla Spanish (AR)
raíz colorada Spanish (UY)
erva-da-jacaré Portuguese (BR)
tripa-de-sapo Portuguese (BR)
ミズツルノゲイトゥ Japanese
ナガエツルノゲイトウ Japanese
mizu-tsuru-nogeitô Japanese
nagae-tsuru-nogeitô Japanese
альтернантера филоксероидная Russian
xǐ hàn lián zǐ cǎo Chinese
喜旱莲子草 Chinese