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GREEN AMARANTH

(Amaranthus viridis prev. A. gracilis, fam. Amaranthaceae)

Amaranthus viridis prev. A. gracilis Amaranthus viridis prev. A. gracilis Amaranthus viridis prev. A. gracilis Amaranthus viridis prev. A. gracilis Amaranthus viridis prev. A. gracilis
An erect annual herb to 40cm. Stems are green or occasionally red.
Form or habit: Herb
Latex:Absent
Leaf:Simple Alternate

Alternate lance-shaped to 150mm long, green to reddish-flushed; sometimes blunt to indented at the apex and tapering into a 7-70mm long leaf stalk

Flower conspicuous: Conspicuous
Flower colour: Green to yellowish
Flower description:Small pale, densely clustered in elongated green to yellowish spikes.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Black-brown
Fruit: Dry
Fruit description: Small round wrinkled dehiscent fruit with lens-shaped black-brown seeds about 1mm across.
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Distribution:
Food source for:
Toxicity:Toxic or irritant to domestic pets
Origin:Tropical America
Weed:Yes
Weed status:Environmental/garden escapee
Notes:Spread by: Probably the seeds in contaminated soil and by animals.

Invades/threats: Disturbed areas, summer crops, vegetables, cultivated land and gardens.

Suspected to be toxic to poultry and stock. Spinach-like and edible when cooked.
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