Amaranthus hypochondriacus

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Amaranthus hypochondriacus
Amaranthus hypochondriacus Prague 2011 1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Amaranthus
Species: A. hypochondriacus
Binomial name
Amaranthus hypochondriacus
L.
Synonyms[1]

Amaranthus hypochondriacus is an ornamental plant commonly known as Prince-of-Wales feather or prince's feather.[2] Originally endemic to Mexico, it is called quelite, blero[3] and quintonil in Spanish.[4][5]

In Africa, like many other species in the family Amaranthaceae, it is valued as source of food.[6]

In temperate regions it is cultivated as a half-hardy annual. Numerous cultivars have been selected, of which 'Green Thumb'[7] and 'Pygmy Torch'[8] have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". 
  2. ^ Phillips, Edward (1720). The New World of Words. 7th ed. 
  3. ^ "Cultivos andinos: Introducción". FAO: Oficina Regional de para América Latina y el Caribe. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  4. ^ "Semillas de Amaranto". UNAM: Colección Etnobotánica. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  5. ^ "El amaranto". University of Guadalajara: Centro Universitario de Biológicas y Afropecuarias. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  6. ^ Grubben, G.J.H. & Denton, O.A. (2004) Plant Resources of Tropical Africa 2. Vegetables. PROTA Foundation, Wageningen; Backhuys, Leiden; CTA, Wageningen.
  7. ^ RHS Plant Selector Amaranthus hypochondriacus 'Green Thumb' AGM / RHS Gardening
  8. ^ RHS Plant Selector Amaranthus hypochondriacus 'Pygmy Torch' AGM / RHS Gardening
Flower of A. hypochondriacus

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