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Iresine diffusa f. herbstii

Iresine diffusa f. herbstii, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales

Familia: Amaranthaceae s.l.
Cladus: Amaranthaceae s.str.
Subfamilia: Gomphrenoideae
Genus: Iresine
Species: Iresine diffusa
Forma: Iresine diffusa f. herbstii

Iresine diffusa f. herbstii (Hook.) Pedersen, Bonplandia (Corrientes) 10(1-4): 104. (2000)

Iresine herbstii Hook., Gard. Chron. 1864: 654, 1206. (1864)
Lectotype (designated by Borsch et al., 2018: 967.): From Messrs. Herbst & Stenger: Peru: Mayobamba. 1835, Mathews #1616. Lectotype: K K000583148.
Achyranthes herbstii (Hook.) Hovey, Mag. Hort. Bot. 32: 10. (1866)
Achyranthes verschaffeltii Lem., Ill. Hort. 11: t. 409. (1864)
Iresine biemuelleri Voss, Vilm. Blumengärtn., ed. 3. 1: 872, in obs. (1895)
Iresine hoveyi hort. ex H.Vilm. Vilm. Blumengärtn., ed. 3. 1: 872, in obs. (1895)
Iresine verschaffeltii (Lem.) Van Houtte, in Fl. des Serres, J. Gén. Hort. 15. (1862-65) 191. t. 1601. (1864)
Iresine wallisii Ortgis, Gartenflora 27: 50. (1878)

Native distribution areas:

Southern America
Western South America

Introduced elsewhere. This taxon appears to exist only in cultivation.

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Pedersen, T.M. 2000. Estudios en Sudamérica Amaranthaceae V. Bonplandia (Corrientes) 10: 83–112. PDF Reference page. : 104
Hooker, W.J. 1864. in: The Gardeners' Chronicle & Agricultural Gazette 1864: 654, 1206.

Additional references

Borsch, T., Flores‐Olvera, H., Zumaya, S. & Müller, K. 2018. Pollen characters and DNA sequence data converge on a monophyletic genus Iresine (Amaranthaceae, Caryophyllales) and help to elucidate its species diversity. Taxon 67(5): 944–976. DOI: 10.12705/675.7 Reference page.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Iresine diffusa f. herbstii in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2019 Oct. 03. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2019. Iresine diffusa herbstii. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2019. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2019 Oct. 03. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Iresine diffusa f. herbstii. Published online. Accessed: Oct. 03 2019. 2019. Iresine diffusa fo. herbstii. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 03 Oct. 2019.

Iresine herbstii, or Herbst's bloodleaf,[1] is a species of flowering plant in the family Amaranthaceae. Some call this plant the chicken gizzard plant.[2]

Glowing leaves, Jardim Tropical (Monte, Funchal) (24245316198).jpg


USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Iresine herbstii". The PLANTS Database ( Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
"Bloodleaf Plant Care". Gardening KnowHow. Retrieved 9 October 2021.

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