Amaranthus graecizans L.
subsp. silvestris (Vill.) Brenan

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Amaranthus graecizans subsp. silvestris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhascuvo Ranger Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Amaranthus graecizans subsp. silvestris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhascuvo Ranger Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Amaranthus graecizans subsp. silvestris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhascuvo Ranger Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Amaranthus graecizans subsp. silvestris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhascuvo Ranger Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Amaranthus graecizans subsp. silvestris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhascuvo Ranger Camp, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Amaranthus angustifolius M.Bieb. ex Willd. var. silvestris (Vill.) thell.
Amaranthus angustifolius M.Bieb. ex Willd. subsp. silvestris (Vill.) Henkels
Amaranthus graecizans L. var. silvestris (Vill.) Asch.
Amaranthus silvestris Vill.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Annual branched herb, erect, decumbent or prostrate, mostly up to c. 45 cm high, rarely taller. Stem angular, hairless or more or less thinly hairy upwards, especially in the inflorescence. Leaves broadly ovate or rhomboid-ovate to narrowly linear-lanceolate, 4–55 mm long, hairless or with sparse gland-like hairs on the principal veins beneath; petiole from 3–45 mm long sometimes longer than the leaf blade. Flowers all in axillary clusters, male and female intermixed, male commonest in the upper clusters. Bracts and bracteoles narrowly lanceolate-oblong, pale-membranous, acuminate and with a pale or reddish tip formed by the extended green midrib. Perianth segments 3, 1.5–2 mm long, lanceolate-oblong or linear-oblong. Capsule subglobose to shortly ovoid, 2–2.25 mm long, usually strongly wrinkled throughout with a very short, smooth beak.
Notes: In this subspecies leaves, particularly on the main stem, broadly to rhomboid-ovate or elliptic-ovate, less than 2.5 times as long as broad. See subsp. graecizans for comparison.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: A weed of cultivated or disturbed areas on light sandy soil to heavy clay alluvial soils.
Altitude range: Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: This subspecies is found throughout most of Africa except South Africa, the warmer parts of Europe and the cooler regions of Southwest Asia and Northwest India.
Mozambique distribution: T,MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Literature:

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 - 57. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Amaranthus graecizans subsp. silvestris
Flora of Zambia: Amaranthus graecizans subsp. silvestris
Flora of Zimbabwe: Amaranthus graecizans subsp. silvestris

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Amaranthus graecizans
African Plant Database: Amaranthus graecizans
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Amaranthus graecizans
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Amaranthus graecizans
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Amaranthus graecizans
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Amaranthus graecizans
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Amaranthus graecizans
JSTOR Plant Science: Amaranthus graecizans
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Amaranthus graecizans
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Amaranthus graecizans
Plants of the World Online: Amaranthus graecizans
Tropicos: Amaranthus graecizans
Wikipedia: Amaranthus graecizans


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Amaranthus graecizans subsp. silvestris.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=122150, retrieved 13 May 2021

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