L., Syst. Nat. edn 10, 2:1269 (1759).
Synonymy: A. patulus Bertol., Corem. Neap. 171 (1837).
, Amaranthus hybridus, Amaranthus paniculatus
Common name: Red shank.
Glabrous or sparsely pubescent erect annual under 1 m high; leaves elliptic to ovate, acute, 3-9 cm long (incl. petiole).
Flowers in cylindrical spikes in leaf axils and the terminal one 6-10 mm thick and with short branches at the base, greenish; bracts and bracteoles ovate, shortly mucronate, 2-5 mm long, to one and a half times as long as the perianth; perianth-segments 4 or 5, lanceolate, acute, scarious.
Fruit smooth, about as long as the perianth, circumsciss.
Image source: fig. 177c in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
S.Aust.: FR, EA, MU, SL. W.Aust.; N.S.W.; ?Vic. Native to America and naturalised in many parts of the world.
Flowering time: Feb. — May.
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
There appears to be some confusion in Australia between A. cruentus, A. hybridus, A. paniculatus and A. powellii and further examination of these and possibly other species is necessary.
Not yet available