False Amaranth
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False Amaranth
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Common name: False Amaranth • Bengali: লতা মৌরী lata mouri • Gujarati: કણજરો kanjaro • Hindi: चंचली chanchali, लहसुआ lahsuva, लटमहूरिया latmahuria • Kachchhi: લોલર lolar • Kannada: ಚೆಂಚಲಿಸೊಪ್ಪು chenchalisoppu, ಗೊರಜೆಪಲ್ಲೆ gorajepalle • Konkani: गेटना getna • Malayalam: കാട്ടുചീര kattucheera • Marathi: गेठण getan, कुंजर kunjar, तांदूळ कुंद्रा taandul kundra • Odia: କାରି ଗାନ୍ଧାରୀ kari gandhari • Punjabi: ਲੇਸਵਾ leswa, ਤਾਂਦਲਾ tandala • Rajasthani: घुंद्रो ghundro, लोलरु lolaru • Sanskrit: कुणञ्जर kunanjara • Tamil: தொய்யாக்கீரை toyya-k-kirai • Telugu: చెంచలిచెట్టు chenchalicettu • Urdu: چنچلي chanchali Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Digera muricata    Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
Synonyms: Achyranthes alternifolia, Chamissoa muricata, Digera arvensis

False Amaranth is an annual herb, growing to 20-70 cm tall. It can be seen growing wild in waste areas. Stems are simple or branched from the base, nearly hairless. Alternately arranged leaves, 1-9 cm long and 0.2-5 cm broad, are narrowly linear to broadly ovate. Leaf stalks are long, up to 5 cm, base is narrowed, and the tip pointed. Flowers are borne on slender spike-like racemes, which can be as large as 30 cm long. The racemes are on a stalk that can be up to 14 cm long. Flowers are hairless, white mixed with pink to carmine or red, usually becoming greenish-white in fruit. Fruit subglobose, slightly compressed, 2-2.5 mm, bluntly ribbed along each side, surmounted by a thick rim. In India, the young leaves and shoots of False Amaranth are made into curries, or the entire plant is boiled and seasoned. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Thenmozhi Photographed in Lodhi Garden, Delhi.

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