Amaranthus spinosus L.

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Amaranthus spinosus

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Mutucuto River crossing, footpath from Muwawa to Zomba

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Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Annual herb, mostly erect, up to 1.5 m. Leaves glabrous or with sparse hairs on the main veins below, long petiolate, up to 9 cm. The leaf axils bear pairs of fine and slender spines. Flowers green in axillary clusters and branched terminal spikes. Male flowers in the apical part of the spikes.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: spinosus: spiny
Habitat: A weed in disturbed or overgrazed areas, usually near water.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1370 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical and subtropical regions of the world; also sporadic in warm temperate areas
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Content last updated: Monday 12 June 2006
Literature:

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 21. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Amaranthus spinosus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=122210, retrieved 2 September 2014

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