Common name: Needle Burr
Amaranthus spinosus L. APNI*
Description: Erect annual herb to c. 1 m high, glabrous or finely hairy.
Leaves ovate to rhombic, to c. 15 cm long; long-petiolate.
Inflorescence terminal, spinescent. Bracts ovate, c. 1.5 mm long, oblong, acute. Stamens 4 or 5. Ovary c. as long as perianth, circumsciss. Weed of higher rainfall areas.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of tropical America.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC
Other Australian states: *Qld *Tas. *N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & L. Lapinpuro
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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