Common name: South American Amaranth
Amaranthus quitensis Kunth APNI*
Description: Erect annual, often over 1 m high, glabrous.
Leaves rhombic to ovate, to 20 cm long, acute or obtuse; long-petiolate.
Inflorescence terminal, dense, often quite large. Bracts spinescent, 3–5 mm long. Perianth segments oblong, 1.5–2.5 mm long, outer whorl ± recurved at the apices when mature, mucronate. Stamens 5. Ovary cm long as the perianth, square-shouldered, circumsciss. Uncommon weed.
Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *NWS
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & L. Lapinpuro
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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