Amaranthus praetermissus Brenan

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Synonyms: Amaranthus angustifolius sensu Adamson in Journal of S. Afr. Bot. 47: 478 (1978) pp. non Lam.
Amaranthus schinzianus sensu Suess. & Podlec in Merxm. Prod. Fl. SW. Afr. 33: 8 (1936) pp. non Thell.s.u
Amaranthus thunbergiii sensu Suess. & Podlech in Merxm., loc. cit.: 8 (1936) pp. non Moq.
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Status: Native
Erect annual herb, usually up to 75 cm tall, rarely taller. Leaves narrowly oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic-oblong, up to 60 mm long including a slender petiole, hairless. Inflorescences all of axillary clusters, no terminal spikes or panicles present. Female flowers with 4-5 long aristate perianth segments.
Derivation of specific name: praetermissus: omitted, neglected
Habitat: In mopane woodland, overgrazed areas, around pans and near rivers; usually on Kalahari and alluvium or fine basalt soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 560 - 1020 m
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Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Angola and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 5.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 4.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 67. (Includes a picture).

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 20.

Townsend, C.C. (1988). Amaranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 54 - 56. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Amaranthus praetermissus., retrieved 24 February 2024

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