Common name: Dwarf Amaranth
Amaranthus macrocarpus Benth. APNI*
Synonyms: Euxolus macrocarpus (Benth.) F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Erect annual to c. 30 cm high, glabrous.
Leaves ovate to oblong, 1–2 cm long, mucronate; petiolate.
Inflorescence axillary, globose, many-flowered. Bracts acute, 1–1.5 mm long. Perianth segments 3, spathulate, 5 mm long, acuminate or emarginate with a central awn. Stamens 3. Ovary wrinkled, much longer than perianth; stigmas 2 or 3.
Fruit indehiscent, spongy.
Distribution and occurrence: Occurs in New South Wales and Queensland; also Europe.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & L. Lapinpuro
| ||Key to the varieties|| |
|1||Fruit black or dark brown||var. macrocarpus|
|Fruit straw-coloured||var. pallidus|
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