Common name: Spreading Amaranth
Amaranthus deflexus L. APNI*
Description: Prostrate to scrambling perennial with hairy stems.
Leaves elliptic to almost rhombic, to c. 5 cm long, acute; petiolate.
Inflorescence terminal, spicate with some lower branches ± interrupted. Bracts triangular, 0.5–1 mm long, acute or mucronate. Perianth segments 3, oblong, 1–1.5 mm long, obtuse or mucronate, ± recurved. Stamens 3. Ovary much longer than perianth when mature, wrinkled, inflated.
Seed glossy, much smaller than fruit.
Distribution and occurrence: Uncommon weed. Native of South America.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *ST
Other Australian states: *Vic.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & L. Lapinpuro
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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