Amaranthus lividus L.
subsp. polygonoides (Moq.) Probst

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Amaranthus lividus subsp. polygonoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cnr Lanner/Teviotdale Ave, Borrowdale Common

Amaranthus lividus subsp. polygonoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cnr Lanner/Teviotdale Ave, Borrowdale Common

Amaranthus lividus subsp. polygonoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cnr Lanner/Teviotdale Ave, Borrowdale Common

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Synonyms: Amaranthus adscendens Loisel. subsp. polygonoides (Moq.) Priszter
Amaranthus lividus L. var. polygonoides (Moq.) Thell.
Euxolus viridis (L.) Moq. var. polygonoides Moq.
Common names: Mbowa (Shona) Mohwa (Shona) Mowa (Shona) Pigweed (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Annual herb, prostrate, decumbent or ascending. Stem simple or branching from the base, more or less angular, mostly glabrous. Leaves on long petioles, ovate, mostly glabrous, distinctly emarginate at the apex. Flowers in terminal and axillary spikes, green, male and female flowers intermixed. Fruit a very small, subglobular, compressed capsule, exceeding the perianth.
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Habitat: In disturbed areas.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in warm temperate and tropical regions of New and Old Worlds
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Images last updated: Saturday 6 January 2007

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 16.

Townsend, C.C. (1988). Amaranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 48 - 59. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Amaranthus lividus
African Plant Database: Amaranthus lividus
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Amaranthus lividus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Amaranthus lividus
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Wikipedia: Amaranthus lividus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Amaranthus lividus subsp. polygonoides., retrieved 27 September 2022

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