Tropical Amaranth
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Tropical Amaranth
A Naturalized Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Tropical Amaranth, Smartweed Amaranth, Berlandier's Amaranth • Assamese: Kudra-sak, Mati Khutura • Nepali: लुंडे साग Lunde sag • Tamil: Tuyuli kirai
Botanical name: Amaranthus polygonoides    Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
Synonyms: Albersia polygonoides, Amaranthus berlandieri

Tropical Amaranth is an annual herb, becoming hairless at maturity. Stems are erect-rising to prostrate, branched mostly at base and in proximal 1/2, 0.1-0.5 m. Leaves have long leaf-stalks, almost equaling blade; blade ovate, obovate-rhombic to narrowly ovate, sometimes lanceshaped, 1.5-3 x 0.5-1.5 cm, base wedge-shaped, margins entire to wavy-erose, tip rounded, blunt, or notched, with a short sharp point. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils, in congested green clusters. Tropical Amaranth is native to S. Central & SE. U.S.A. to Mexico, Caribbean, naturalized in India, particularly Assam and South India. In South India it is eaten as a leafy vegetable.

Identification credit: S. Kasim, Tabish Photographed in Vellore, Tamil Nadu.

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