Amaranthus hybridus L.

Green Amaranth

Amaranthus hybridus plant

Family - Amaranthaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Amaranthus hybridus stem

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Amaranthus hybridus leaves

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Amaranthus hybridus inflorescenceA mature inflorescence.

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Amaranthus hybridus flowersFlowers close-up.

Flowering - July - October.

Habitat - Waste ground, cultivated fields, disturbed sites, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to tropical America.

Other info. - This weedy species can be found throughout Missouri and is quite common in the habitats mentioned above. The plant can get quite robust and attain a height of around 1m.
A. hybridus is an edible plant which is best eaten when young. Traditionally the plant was used to treat a variety of ailments. A tea made from the leaves was thought to stop bleeding from ulcers and cure diarrhea.

Photographs taken off Main St., Ellington, MO., 7-18-04.