Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Herbs other than Composites
Stems upright, branched, up to 90 cm tall, reddish, bearing spines at the bases of the leaf stalks. Leaves alternate, simple, dull green, ovate-lanceolate to ovate. Flowers small, green, in numerous long spikes. Terminal spike often wholly or chiefly staminate; axillary flower clusters mostly pistilate (Wax, Fawcett and Isely 1981).
N. America, Europe
amaranthus: From the Greek a- ‘without’ or ‘lacking’ and maraino ‘to fade’, meaning unfading and referring to the durability of the flowers of some species
Seeds egg-shaped, shiny black, notched at one end, about 0.7 to 1 mm wide (Wax, Fawcett and Isely 1981).