Iresine herbstii Hook., Gard. Chron. 1864: 654 654 1864. (Syn: Iresine verschaffeltii Lem.);
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Beefsteak Plant, Bloodleaf, Chicken Gizzard, Herbst’s Bloodleaf; 
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Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week :: Iresine herbstii : Green Leaves : Nairobi,Kenya : AK-11: Seen this ornamental plant at the David Sheldrick Orphanage for Elephants in Nairobi, Kenya.

Leaves here were green in color unlike the ones seen in Munnar, Kerala.


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Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week :: Iresine herbstii : Munnar : AK-8:  Sharing these pictures of this beautiful ornamental plant from Munnar, Kerala.


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Ornamental Plant For ID : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 240114 : AK-18 : 2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (2).

A cultivated, ornamental plant seen at the Lalbagh Nursery.

Picture taken on 23/11/13.


This plant seems to be Iresine herbstii of the family Amaranthaceae.


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Plant for ID-PC-10-15.08.2015 : 8 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

please identify the plant in picture from Warsaw. Is it some Alternanthera sp.


Yes ‘Red Alternanthera’. Most probably Alternanthera ficoidea.


Iresine herbstii a warm temperate plant in Amaranthaceae, originally from South America, I think.


Noted the correct ID and thanks for communicating the same to me. Sorry … for  my  misidentification. In fact, I am very familiar with this plant (Iresine species) and had grown this in my institute’s garden a decade ago dentified and explained to many  about the special features of this plant. While checking  your photograph I just did the ID in such a hurry that it did not occur to me that I had this plant in my garden and all my attention  was only on red Alternathera.  This is a lesson for non-professional taxonomists like me to be patient while  checking the characters. Patient pays and hurry harms.


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Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week: RVS-10: Iresine herbstii?: Please confirm if this is Iresine herbstii. Found growing in a garden near Tirunelveli, TN.


I feel this is not Iresine herbstii.
This is Purple Amaranthus or Red Amaranthus.
I have posted a picture of Iresine herbstii from Munnar earlier.
Will repost under family week.
Experts kindly correct me if I am wrong, since I’m not an expert in Botany.


look at the inflorescence…
all wrong for a purple or red amaranth…
dont just focus on the rounded ends of the leaves…
they can be rounded or pointed…


Thanks for correcting me. It was just a guess.


Seems to be Iresine herbstii only.
Probably I had got confused earlier.


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