Nothosaerva brachiata (L.) Wight, Icon. Pl. Ind. Orient. 6: 1 1853. (syn. Achyranthes brachiata L.; Aerva brachiata (L.) Mart.; Aerva chenopodiifolia Bojer; Alternanthera brachiata Hort. ex Moq.; Amaranthus minutus Lesch. ex Moq.; Illecebrum brachiatum (L.) L.; Nothosaerua brachiata (L.) Baill.; Pseudanthus brachiatus (L.) Wight);
Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Chad, Cameroon, Niger, Sudan, South Sudan, Benin, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal), +Mauritius, India (N- & peninsular India, Upper Gangetic Plains), Pakistan (Sind, Karachi, Pakistani Punjab, Lahore), Sri Lanka, Myanmar [Burma], Saudi Arabia, SE-Borneo, Maldives as per
Common name: Minute Amaranth

Profusely branched herbs, rootstocks woody. Leaves opposite, to 2.5 x 1 cm, elliptic or obovate, apex obtuse, base cuneate, membranous, glabrous; petiole indistinct. Spikes many, axillary, solitary or in clusters, white, to 5 mm; peduncles to 1 cm, bracts and bracteoles ovate, pubescent; tepals 4, 0.8 mm, ovate, pubescent outside; stamens 2, to 0.5 mm; ovary 0.5 mm, ovoid, style minute, stigma capitate. Utricle 0.5 mm, enclosed in perianth lobes, obovoid, membranous; seeds globose, chestnut brown, shining.

Flowering and fruiting: November-January
Dry deciduous forests
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)

Images by Radha Veach (Validated by P. Santhan)  (Inserted by J.M.Garg)

Nothosaerva brachiata for validation : Attachments (3).  8 posts by 5 authors.
This small bushy herb seen today on the edge of a field.
Is it Nothosaerva brachiata?  Please validate.

I think it is Aerva lanata (Amaranthaceae)… hope I am not wrong.

Yes it is Nothosaerva brachiata (L.) Wight 

Thank you … and …n for your replies.
I think Aerva lanata has flowers which are more sparse along the stems and doesn’t have this bushy habit with short branches. Also it is very common.
When I first noticed this posted plant it looked like something quite new to me and unusual in my area.

Thanks … for querying about this plant and thank you very much … for validating. I will need to correct my notes in flickr.

It is Aerva sanguinolenta (Linn.) Blume

I have a doubt that it is Aerva sanguinolenta.
I feel that the habit does not match the plant I saw. This small plant had very short branches, becoming shorter towards the top. It had nothing of a rambling habit at all. In addition it was in a wet location. I have seen Aerva sanguinolenta in very dry habitats.

See if this illustration from FoC helps …

Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week :: DV04 :: 27 NOV 11 08:59:18 :: Aerva lanata at Nakhind : 2 images. 6 posts by 5 authors.
at Nakhind on 27 NOV 11

this one looks like Nothosaerva brachiata

Yes …, thank you very much for validating this ID. I will need to revise my notes in flickr. All of my sightings are of Nothosaerva brachiata. Now keen to find and know Aerva lanata

Aerva like plant from Amin Kurukshaetra (Haryana 260 MTS) for i d
This was wild near a small water body.
Inflorescence about 0.5 to 0.7 cm only, Leaves simple lanceolate
shot on 06-10-11

Pl check it for Nothosaerva brachiata.

Yes, appears to be Nothosaerva brachiata only as per images, details and references herein.

This plant was seen growing wild in Mumbai in December 2014.
This looks like Aerva lanata. Requested to please confirm.

Nothosaerva brachiata 

an amaranthaceae member

Verified ?

not yet

I agree with … id as Nothosaerva brachiata as per images, details and references herein.


Nothosaerva brachiata (L.) Wight :: Waghbil, Thane, Maharashtra :: Nov 15, 2008 · JUN23 DV61: 4 images.

Nothosaerva brachiata (L.) Wight
Waghbil, Thane, Maharashtra :: Nov 15, 2008 · 12:59 PM IST :: about 3 m (10 ft) asl
Many thanks to Radha Veach for validating the ID at iNaturalist.


Nothosaerva brachiata (L.) Wight :: Waghbil, Thane, Maharashtra :: Sep 27, 2008 · JUN23 DV108: 1 image.

Nothosaerva brachiata (L.) Wight
Waghbil, Thane, Maharashtra :: Sep 27, 2008 · 2:03 PM IST :: about 3 m (10 ft) asl

Many thanks to Radha Veach for validating the ID at iNaturalist.



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