Amaranthus graecizans occurs scattered throughout tropical Africa, where it has been recorded for many countries. It is also distributed in. Preferred Scientific Name; Amaranthus graecizans. Preferred Common Name; prostrate pigweed. Taxonomic Tree; Domain: Eukaryota. Amaranthus graecizans is a ANNUAL growing to m (1ft 8in). It is frost tender. It is in leaf from May to October. The species is monoecious (individual flowers.

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In Mauritania the seed is baked into thin cakes, while in the western United States it is ground into flour.

For more information about QR Codes click amaranhus. When whole plants are harvested they are uprooted after 4—5 weeks. Spreading Pigweed, Mediterranean amaranth. Retrieved 24 January The species is monoecious individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant and is pollinated by Wind. Illustrierte Flora von Mittel-europa. The nitrate mostly in the stems and oxalate levels are high, but cooking in ample water removes graeclzans of these toxic components.

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Wild Plants of Malta & Gozo – Plant: Amaranthus graecizans (Spreading Pigweed)

Related Links opens in a grecizans window. Click on “show more” to view them. Brenan Amaranthus silvestris var. If you have important information about this plant that may help other users please add a comment or link below. The edible leaves are used as a vegetable throughout Africa and the Middle East.

It is very resistant to adverse climate and soil conditions.

Amaranthus graecizans – Wikipedia

Pollination is effected by wind but the abundant pollen production, especially in the upper part of flowering plants, causes a high rate of self-pollination. Like other wild amaranths, whole plants of Amaranthus graecizans are graecizams in East and West Africa to manufacture a local salt. If you have questions about a plant please use the Forum on this website as we do not have the resources to answer questions ourselves.


Submit further info on this species. Redrawn and adapted by Iskak Syamsudin.

Amaranthus graecizans Amaranthus Graecizans – Photo By: Called the ‘C4 carbon-fixation pathway’, this process is particularly efficient at high temperatures, in bright sunlight and under dry conditions[]. There are book citations related to Amaranthus graecizans L. Publisher American Book Co. The prospects for domestication and cultivation as vegetable are poor because it would have to compete with higher yielding amaranths, such as the commonly cultivated Amaranthus cruentus L.

QR Codes are barcodes that can be read by mobile phone smartphone cameras. Plant Resources of Tropical Africa Introduction. Amaranths in general perform best on fertile, well-drained soils with a loose structure, but Amaranthus graecizans also grows well on poor soils.

Common Weeds of East Africa. In dishes with green leafy vegetables or potherbs, Amaranthus graecizans may be replaced by any other vegetable amaranth.

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Fruit a globose to shortly ovoid capsule up to 2. Amaranthus weed species in Greece: A geographical atlas of world weeds. Use this form to submit more information on this species or report mistakes in this webpage. Stroud A, Parker C, Because of the many flowers, people will amarsnthus cook the whole shoot but they pick the individual leaves, which is one reason why this amaranth has a low market value.

In some regions it is eaten mixed with other leaf vegetables collected from the wild, e. The growth of new shoots continues after the start of flowering.


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Navigation menu Personal tools Log in Request account. Capsule subglobose to shortly ovoid, Articles with ‘species’ microformats All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from July Taxonbars with 20—24 taxon IDs.

Not for the casual reader. When plants are harvested several times, it is advised to pick individual leaves when seeds have started maturing because stray seeds in prepared food feel like sand in the mouth. Distribution Maps Top of page You can pan and zoom the map. There are 22 citations in Afrirefs related to Amaranthus graecizans L.

The nutritious leaves have a very mild flavour, they are often mixed with stronger tasting leaves[, K]. The leaves become soft after 5—10 minutes cooking in slightly salted water. Generate a print friendly version containing only the sections you need. Flowering may start 4—8 weeks after sowing. Amaranthus graecizans 1, plant habit; 2, fruit; 3, seed. Quentin Groom Public domain. Dormant gaecizans remains viable in graecizanx soil for several years.

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In some regions it is eaten mixed with other leaf vegetables collected from the wild, e. In many countries it gdaecizans collected as a potherb from the wild.

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