Amaranthus albus

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Amaranthus albus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Amaranthus
Species: A. albus
Binomial name
Amaranthus albus
L. 1759 not Thunb. 1823 nor Rodschied ex F.Dietr. 1824
Synonyms[1]
  • Amaranthus gracilentus H.W.Kung
  • Amaranthus graecizans Cutanda
  • Amaranthus littoralis Hornem.
  • Amaranthus pubescens (Uline & W.L.Bray) Rydb.
  • Galliaria albida Bubani
  • Glomeraria alba (L.) Cav.

Amaranthus albus is an annual species of flowering plant. It is native to the tropical Americas but a widespread introduced species in other places, including Europe, Africa, and Australia.[2][3][4]

Common names include common tumbleweed,[5] tumble pigweed,[5] tumbleweed,[5] prostrate pigweed,[6] pigweed amaranth, white amaranth,[5] and white pigweed.[5]

Amaranthus albus is an annual herb up to 50 cm (20 inches) tall, forming many branches. Larger specimens turn into tumbleweeds when they die and dry out. The plant creates small, greenish flowers in clumps in the axils of the leaves. Male and female flowers are mixed together in the same clump.[2][7]

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