Amaranthus blitoides

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Amaranthus blitoides S.Watson

Amaranthaceae

Life form: annual or biennial

Exposure: sun   5

Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: sandy clay

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: obovate

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: not specified

134B / 229143 

Inflorescence: spike

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Caryophyllidae
Superordo:
Caryophyllanae
Ordo:
Caryophyllales
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Amaranthus blitoides belongs to the group of annual and biennial plants.

Contents

Naming

Amaranthus blitoides was described by Sereno Watson in 1877. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Amaranthus blitoides is a species in the genus Amaranthus which contains approximately 112 to 193 species and belongs to the family of the Amaranthaceae (Amaranth Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The plants are comparatively long-lived and reach heights of 15 to 50 centimetres.

Leaves

Amaranthus blitoides is deciduous. The simple leaves are alternate. They are obovate, entire and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Amaranthus blitoides produces spikes of green flowers from July to September.


Root System

Distribution

Amaranthus blitoides is native to North America and Central America and is naturalized in the whole of Europe with the exception of the British Isles and Sicily.

Cultivation

The plants prefer a sunny situation on moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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