Amaranthus watsonii

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Amaranthus watsonii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Amaranthus
Species: A. watsonii
Binomial name
Amaranthus watsonii
Standl.
Synonyms[1]
  • Amaranthus torreyi (A.Gray) Benth. ex S.Watson
  • Amblogyna torreyi A.Gray
  • Sarratia berlandieri var. emarginata Torr.

Amaranthus watsonii is a species of amaranth known by the common name Watson's amaranth.[2] It is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, where it grows in sandy places such as deserts and beaches, and disturbed areas. It is also known as a rare introduced species in parts of Europe. This is an erect annual herb producing a glandular hairy stem to a maximum height of about a meter. The leaves are generally oval-shaped and up to 8 centimeters long, with a petiole of up to 9 centimeters. The species is dioecious, with male and female individuals producing different types of flowers. The inflorescence is a long spike cluster of flowers interspersed with spiny green glandular bracts. The fruit is a smooth capsule about 2 millimeters long that snaps in half to reveal a small shiny reddish black seed.

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