Aerva

(name of no signification). Amoranldcew. Tender herbs or shrubs, allied to Achyranthes. Lanate plants of Trop. Asia and Afr., with perfect or imperfect fls., the perianth segments short and hyaline: stamens 5 or 4, sterile filaments intervening: fls. very small, usually in clusters, white or rusty. sanguinolénta, Blume (A. aanguima, Hort.). Lvs. 1%—2%in. long, opposite or alternate, ovate, acuminat/e, soft, pubescent, pale beneath. Java.—Cult. for its dark red leaves.