Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Hemigraphis alternata (Burm.f.) T.Anderson

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
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Flowers [not vouchered]. CC-BY J.L. Dowe
Leaves and flowers [not vouchered]. CC-BY J.L. Dowe
Herbarium specimen. © CSIRO

Anderson, T. (1864) Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society 7: 114.

Common name

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.


Inflorescence a spike 20-100 mm long, corolla ca. 15 mm long, white with faint purple markings within; stamens white tinged purple.


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Distribution and Ecology

An introduced species native to the India, Java and Malaysia; now naturalised in parts of CYP and NEQ. Invading rain forest and complex mesophyll vine forest.

Natural History & Notes

Popular garden plant widely used as borders and ground covers.

Ruellia alternata Burm. f., Flora Indica : 135(1768), Type: Java.
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