2299.000 Amaranthus L.

Description of the genus

Unarmed or spiny, annual, rarely perennial, monoecious herbs. Leaves alternate, long-petiolate, simple and entire or sinuate. Flowers unisexual. Bracts and 2 bracteoles present. Perianth segments (2-)3-5, free or connate at base, membranous. Fruit a capsule, indehiscent, rupturing irregularly or with a circumscissile lid. Seeds usually black and shining.

Worldwide: 60 species, in both tropical and temperate zones

Zimbabwe: 13 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Spoladea recurvalis (Spinach moth) Food plant
Amaranthus hybridus

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
deflexus L.W,C
dubius Mart. ex Thell.N,C,EImage
graecizans L. subsp. graecizans N
graecizans L. subsp. silvestris (Vill.) BrenanE,SImage
hybridus L.[Agg]W,C,E,SDescription, Image
hybridus L. subsp. cruentus (L.) Thell.W,C,E,S
hybridus L. subsp. hybridus W,C,E,S
lividus L. subsp. polygonoides (Moq.) ProbstN,W,C,EDescription, Image
praetermissus BrenanE,S
retroflexus L.E
spinosus L.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
thunbergii Moq.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
viridis L.N,W

Other sources of information about Amaranthus:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Amaranthus
Flora of Caprivi: Amaranthus
Flora of Malawi: Amaranthus
Flora of Mozambique: Amaranthus
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Amaranthus
Flora of Zambia: Amaranthus

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Amaranthus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Amaranthus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Amaranthus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Amaranthus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Amaranthus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Amaranthus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=524, retrieved 1 July 2016

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