Amaranthus tricolor L., Sp. Pl. 989 1753. (syn: Amaranthus amboinicus Buch.-Ham. ex Wall.; Amaranthus bicolor Nocca ex Willd.; Amaranthus cuspidatus Vis.; Amaranthus dubius Mart. [Invalid]; Amaranthus flexuosus Moq.; Amaranthus gangeticus L.; Amaranthus gangeticus var. angustior L.H.Bailey; Amaranthus inamoenus Willd.; Amaranthus incomptus Willd.; Amaranthus japonicus Houtt. ex Willd.; Amaranthus japonicus Houtt. ex Steud.; Amaranthus lanceolatus Roxb.; Amaranthus lancifolius Roxb.; Amaranthus lividus Roxb. [Illegitimate]; Amaranthus mangostanus Blanco; Amaranthus melancholicus L. …; Amaranthus oleraceus Roxb.; Amaranthus polygamus Roxb.; Amaranthus rotundifolius Moq.; Amaranthus salicifolius H.J.Veitch; Amaranthus tricolor var. gangeticus (L.) Fiori …..; Amaranthus tristis L. .; Blitum gangeticum Moench; Blitum melancholicum Moench; Glomeraria bicolor Cav. ex Moq.; Glomeraria tricolor (L.) Cav.; Pyxidium gangeticum Moq. (Unresolved); Pyxidium melancholicum Moq. (Unresolved));
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Common name: Elephant-Head Amaranth, Chinese spinach, Joseph’s coat, Tampala • Assamese: Bishalya karani, Bishalya • Bengali: Dengua • Hindi: लाल साग Lal sag, चौलाई Chaulai • Kannada: Dantina soppu, Chikka harive soppu • Manipuri: চেঙক্রুক তিঙখাঙ Chengkruk tingkhang • Marathi: चवलाई Chavalaayi, Ranmaath, Thambada maath • Oriya: ବଜ୍ଜୀସାଗ Bajjisag • Sanskrit: Alpamarisa, Marisa, Meghanada, Panyasaka • Tamil: தஂdஉகீரை Thandukkeerai, செரிகீரை Cherikkirai • Telugu: Thotakoora, Bhadara, Dantu koora ;
Terminal inflorescence alone usually spiciform, the axillary inflorescences ± rounded clusters-or if axillary spikes present, these with globose clusters at junction with stem; bracteoles terminating in awns which are fine, flexuose and hair-like above; perianth segments 3 ………. Amaranthus tricolor
Terminal and at least some (generally most) of the upper axillary inflorescences spiciform, without dense globose clusters at the junction of peduncle and stem; bracteoles terminating in stout, rigid awns; perianth segments usually 5 ………….. A. hybridus
Subsp. cruentus has shorter bracteoles of female flower (longest mostly 1-1.5 times as long as the perianth; 1.5-2 times in subsp. hybridus), Stigma-bases and upper part of lid of fruit scarcely swollen (swollen in subsp hybridus) , fruit with no distinct “neck” (distinct neck in subsp. hybridus).


Hooghly Today : Amaranthus tricolor Linn. = Amaranthus gangeticus Linn.: I think it is Amarantus gangeticus Linn. = Amaranthus gangeticus Linn. = A. tricolor Linn., according to GRIN and The Plant List.

I am fascinated by the details provided by you through images for each plant.


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week :: Amaranthus tricolor : Muscat : AK-3:  Yet another Amaranthus tricolor in shades of red, green and yellow.


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week :: Amaranthus tricolor : Muscat : AK-1:

Sharing pictures of Amaranthus tricolor from Muscat, Oman.
A cultivated, ornamental plant.
Common names Joseph’s Coat, Tampala, Vegetable Amaranth.


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week :: Amaranthus tricolor : Muscat : AK-4:
One more color of ornamental Amaranth in yellow and pink.
These plants are not native here, but imported in the cooler months.

This is Amaranthus tricolor L., as in – /species/a—l/a/amaranthaceae/amaranthus/amaranthus-tricolor.

Many thanks … for sharing this ornamental.

Thank you very much …, but this species is an agri-produce.

we call it LAL-SHAK or LAL-NOTEY in Bengali.

Attaching more photos of this plant, found today in a kitchen garden. The cultivation season is almost over now.


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week :: Amaranthus tricolor : Muscat : AK-2:
Another color of Amaranthus tricolor.
An ornamental plant.


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week :: Chenopodium for ID : Muscat : 090213 : AK-14:
A small plant found growing wild yesterday (9.2.13).
Chenopodium species?

Chenopodium murale,


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week : sk-15 : Amaranthus tricolor L. (green): This is another NOTEY SHAK (SHAG) which is a cultivated species. I found this today, in a kitchen garden. I think it is green variety of Amaranthus tricolor L.

The only tall & succulent Amaranthus in the 2nd sub-group (bracts acute, hardly awned…..) of the “Bengal Plants” is the A. blitum var. oleracea. But, in the species in this thread leaves are NOT large, NOT oblong or rounded.
So, it belongs to sub-group-1 of the “Bengal Plants” – efi thread.
This edible cultivated species, with its “flowers clustered in lower axils and also forming a long terminal spike”, is certainly Amaranthus gangeticus L. = A. tricolor L.
Now, let’s see if this can be A. gangeticus var. tristis
“Bengal Plants” equates A. gangeticus var. tristis with A. tristis F. I. iii. 604; and A. polygamus F. I. iii. 603.
Flora Indica describes –
  • A. tristis Willd. iv. 385 = leaves petioled, rhomb-ovate, tapering down the petiole……
  • A. polygamus Willd. iv. 381 = leaves petioled, rhombiform, emarginate with a bristle……
Since, this plant has branches at the base of its stem i think it is A. gangeticus var. tristis of the “Bengal Plants”.
However –
A. tristis Willd. iv. 385 (F. I. iii. 604) = Amaranthus dubius Mart. ex Thell. (The Plant List)
A. polygamus Willd. iv. 381 (F. I. iii. 603.) = Amaranthus polygamus Roxb. is a synonym of Amaranthus tricolor L. (The Plant List) ???

Note- The above thread added here in view of Flora Of Pakistan, which considers all these names as syn. of Amaranthus tricolor L.


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week : sk-15 : Amaranthus tricolor L. (green var.2):

This is yet another edible Amaranthus, sold as KATOA NOTEY (NOT kanta-notey) in the market. It can grow as big as an adult person. I think this is also Amaranthus tricolor L.

This is also Amaranthus gangeticus L. = A. tricolor L.
But, i am not sure if this can be A. gangeticus var. tristis.


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week: NS 013: Amaranthus 2 for id:  This is one more Amaranthus for identification…from Panipat

This one too seems to me similar to my post at – efi thread.


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week: NS 012: Amaranthus 1 for id: This Amaranthus species was shot from Panipat…hope to get id resolved..

This seems to be the same plant as in my upload at – efi thread.

Thanks … for id suggestions..

Images by (Balkar Singh – identified by Surajit Koley), Aarti Khale & Surajit Koley (Inserted by Bhagyashri Ranade)


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week: BS26: UD Amaranthus sp for id from Panipat:

Amaranthus sp for id from Panipat
Wild looks different from both A spinosa and A viridis. size same as that of spinosa

id please

I think, with its awned bracts and three stamens, it is an escape of Amaranthus gangeticus L. (A. tricolor L.).

Thanks … I am also agree with A tricolor


Dear members Please have a look on this Amaranthus sp from Rajouri, jandk: 3 high res. images.
Habit: Herb
Date: 11 June 2021

Amaranthus tricolor




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