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

Mozambique: 9 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Spoladea recurvalis (Spinach moth)
Amaranthus hybridus

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
dubius Mart. ex Thell.N,Z,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
graecizans L. subsp. silvestris (Vill.) BrenanT,MSDescription, Image
graecizans L. subsp. thellungianus (Nevski) GusevM
hybridus L.[Agg]N,T,MDescription, Image
hybridus L. subsp. cruentus (L.) Thell.N,T,M
lividus L. subsp. polygonoides (Moq.) ProbstMS,MDescription, Image
spinosus L.N,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
thunbergii Moq.MS,GI,MDescription, Image
viridis L.N,T,GI,M

Other sources of information about Amaranthus:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Amaranthus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Amaranthus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Amaranthus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Amaranthus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Amaranthus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Amaranthus
JSTOR Plant Science: Amaranthus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Amaranthus
Plants of the World Online: Amaranthus
Tropicos: Amaranthus
Wikipedia: Amaranthus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Amaranthus.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=524, retrieved 30 November 2023

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