Amaranthus graecizans

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Amaranthus graecizans
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Amaranthus
Species: A. graecizans
Binomial name
Amaranthus graecizans

Amaranthus graecizans, the Mediterranean amaranth[1] or short-tepalled pigweed,[2] is an annual species in the botanical family Amaranthaceae. It is native to Africa, southern Europe and Asia east to India and Central Asia.[3] It is naturalized in North America.

More general common names include tumbleweed and pigweed.[4]

The edible leaves are used as a vegetable throughout Africa.[5]


  1. ^ "Amaranthus graecizans". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007" (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Amaranthus graecizans". Flora of Pakistan. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  4. ^ Albert Brown Lyons (1900). Plant Names, Scientific and Popular: Including in the Case of Each Plant the Correct Botanical Name in Accordance with the Reformed Nomenclature, Together with Botanical and Popular Synonyms. Detroit: Nelson, Baker & Co. p. 630.  page 27
  5. ^ Grubben, G.J.H. & Denton, O.A. (2004) Plant Resources of Tropical Africa 2. Vegetables. PROTA Foundation, Wageningen; Backhuys, Leiden; CTA, Wageningen.

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