Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
Achyranthes L., Sp. Pl. 204 (1753)
Type Taxon:
Achyranthes aspera L.

Herbs, often woody towards base, shrubs, or very rarely trees.  Lvs opposite, petiolate.  Spikes terminal or axillary, many-flowered, often elongating greatly after flowering.  Fls solitary, axillary, deflexed after anthesis;  bract scarious, acute to acuminate, persistent, subtended by 2 spiny bracteoles.  Tepals 5-lobed, spreading during anthesis, afterwards erect, membranous or coriaceous, pungent or not in fr.  Stamens 5, much < perianth, alternating with staminodes;  filaments connate at base into a cup.  Ovary glabrous;  ovule 1, pendent;  stigma capitate.  Fr. an utricle, indehiscent, dry, falling with the often spiny perianth and bracteoles.

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Indigenous (Non-endemic)
Number of species in New Zealand within Achyranthes L.
Indigenous (Non-endemic)1
Linnaeus, C. 1753: Species Plantarum. Impensis Laurentii Salvii, Stockholm.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.