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

Botswana: 10 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Spoladea recurvalis (Spinach moth)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
dinteri SchinzN,SW
graecizans L. subsp. graecizans Description
hybridus L.[Agg]N,SEDescription, Image
hybridus L. subsp. cruentus (L.) Thell.N
hybridus L. subsp. hybridus SE
praetermissus BrenanN,SW,SE
schinzianus Thell.
spinosus L.N,SEDescription, Image
thunbergii Moq.N,SW,SEDescription, Image
viridis L.

Other sources of information about Amaranthus:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Amaranthus
Flora of Malawi: Amaranthus
Flora of Mozambique: Amaranthus
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Amaranthus
Flora of Zambia: Amaranthus
Flora of Zimbabwe: 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
Wikipedia: Amaranthus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Amaranthus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Amaranthus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Amaranthus.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=524, retrieved 5 March 2021

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