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Herbarium specimen. Copyright CSIRO
Hemigraphis alternata (Burm. f.) T.Anderson
Anderson, T. (1864) Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society 7: 114. Type: ?.
Ruellia alternata Burm. f., Flora Indica: 135(1768), Type: Java.
Red Ivy; Aluminium plant
Sprawling herb with ascending branches to 20 cm tall. Stems purple.
Leaf blades often purpllish in colour, ovate to oblong, margin crenate-serrate, surfaces of the leaf blade clothed in prostrate hairs, petioles often as long as the leaf blades, 6.5-9 x 3.5-6 cm, petiole 20-50 mm long.
Features not available.
Distribution and Ecology
Popular garden plant widely used as borders and ground covers.
Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)