Amaranthus albus

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Amaranthus albus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Amaranthus
A. albus
Binomial name
Amaranthus albus
L. 1759 not Thunb. 1823 nor Rodschied ex F.Dietr. 1824
  • 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]


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b Flora of China, 白苋 bai xian Amaranthus albus Linnaeus
  3. ^ Altervista Flora Italiana, Amaranto bianco, weißer Fuchsschwanz, carurú-branco, Amaranthus albus L. includes photos and European distribution map
  4. ^ Atlas of Living Australia
  5. ^ a b c d e "Amaranthus albus". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Amaranthus albus". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  7. ^ Flora of North America, Tumbleweed amaranth, tumble pigweed, white amaranthAmaranthus albus Linnaeus, Syst. Nat. ed. 10. 2: 1268. 1759.

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