— everlasting flower
Dave’s Botanary
VEER-ih-diss — greenDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: green amaranth, pigweed, Prince of Wales feather, slender amaranth, tropical green amaranth • Hindi: जंगली चौलाई jungali chaulayi • Konkani: रानभाजी ranbhaji • Malayalam: കുപ്പച്ചീര kuppacheera • Marathi: माठ math, उनाडभाजी unadabhaji • Sanskrit: तण्डुलीयः tanduliya • Tamil: குள்ளத்தண்டுக்கீரை kulla-t-tantu-k-kirai, குப்பைக்கீரை kuppai-k-kirai • Telugu: చిలక తోటకూర chilaka-thotakoora
: pantropical

“Bengal Plants” (vol ii. 868.) describes various Amarantus, identified by keys based on leaf lamina, nature of awn on bracts, number of stamens & nature of utricle tips. I fail to use the keys described there to identify this Amaranthus, found on roadside yesterday. This is growing side by side with Amaranthus spinosus Linnaeus.
Species : Amaranthus viridis Linn. ?
H & H : roadside herb, about 2 ft, stem prostrate at base, slender than A. spinosus, soft and striate, no spine on nodes; leaf-blade about 5.5 cm long, petiole 5 cm; inflorescence axillary and terminal, terminal inflorescence about 10 cm long
Date : 12/12/12. 1.46 p.m. (The first pic shows two plants in a frame, the right one is A. spinosus)
Place : Hooghly

Yes, …, this is Amaranthus viridis…the features you listed tally..

I was flipping pages of Bengal Plants to find its Bengali name, found that what was NATI centuries ago is NOTEY now and Amaranthus viridis var. fasciata has a Bengali name, BAN-NATI or TUNTUNI-NATI.


Amaranthus sp. Hooghly 30-01-13 sk1: 6 images.
This is a wild stout herb in a dead canal which is also used as a dumping ground in places. The canal remains waterlogged during the monsoon months.

This plant is more robust than the Amaranthus spinosus L., but without spines and i think less hardy.
Species : UNKNOWN
H & H : erect herb, height between 4.5 ft.
Date : 30/1/13
Place : Hooghly

Can be Amaranthus viridis L.

Thank you very much for the ID.


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week: NS 010: Amaranthus viridis: 5 images.
This is a common green amaranthus.. Amaranthus viridis L. from my place.. (Panipat)

Adding more pics of the same…
Attachments (4)


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week :BRS 007 Amaranthus viridis from Chennai:
Sharing the images of Amaranthus viridis photographed at Chennai.

am-uh-RANTH-us — everlasting flowerDave’s Botanary
VEER-ih-diss — greenDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: green amaranth, pigweed, Prince of Wales feather, slender amaranth, tropical green amaranth • Hindi: जंगली चौलाई jungali chaulayi • Konkani: रानभाजी ranbhaji • Malayalam: കുപ്പച്ചീര kuppacheera • Marathi: माठ math, उनाडभाजी unadabhaji • Sanskrit: तण्डुलीयः tanduliya • Tamil: குள்ளத்தண்டுக்கீரை kulla-t-tantu-k-kirai, குப்பைக்கீரை kuppai-k-kirai • Telugu: చిలక తోటకూర chilaka-thotakoora
Distribution: pantropical
References: Flowers of IndiaWikipediaPIERIEWFNPGS / GRINM.M.P.N.D.DDSA
at Vaghbil, Thane on 07 DEC 08

Another nice upload.
Wondering what we eat (Hirwa Math or Chavlai in Marathi) is this species or A. spinosus?

Not sure; most probably this must be the one.
And now I wonder what would be lal math !

Lal Math.. should be Amaranthus caudatus.

“For Id 110413B3” :  Attachments (2). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Date/ Time- 13/03/2013 at around 01:00 pm.
Location- Village Nawagarh, District Gumla, Jharkhand.
23. 46’17.99” N, 86.13’55.24” E, elevation 222m, eye altitude 1.37 km.
Habitat- Garden, wild.

Amaranthus viridis


20042014Al19 Weed for ID (I) : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).

Should be Amaranthus viridis

Amaranthus viridis L. from Assam : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5).
Attached images may be Amaranthus viridis L.. Please validate.
Date :04.06.2014
Location: Assam
Family : Amarnthaceae
Genus & species : Amaranthus viridis L.
Habitat: Grows wild on open space
Habit : Herb

Attached images
may be Amaranthus viridis L.. Please validate.

I hope your id is correct..this is Amaranthus viridis

Plant ID Amaranthus IND 9 2/7/2014:  2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).
Please ID this Amaranthus species. Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in December 2013.

Seems to be Amaranthus viridis L.

Amaranthaceae? ABAUG2016/51 : 3 posts by 2 authors. 6 images.
I photographed this earlier this month and couldn’t edit it before. Is this an Amaranthaceae member? Please advise.
Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
10 August 2016.

Amaranthus viridis L.   

SK560 12 JUN-2017:ID : 9 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (4)
Location: Siliguri, India
Date: 25 May  2017
Altitude: 400 ft.

নোটে শাক (Note Sak) in Bengali.

Is it not Amaranthus spinosus

Also check for Amaranthus viridis as there are no spines.

Thank you all for ID. Amaranthus viridis L.
Nepali Names : लुँडे साग Lunde Saag / लट्टे साग Latte Saag  / लुण्डे Lunde / सेतो लुँडे Seto Lunde


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Amaranthaceae (amaranth family) » Amaranthus viridis
Synonyms: Amaranthus gracilis, Amaranthus polystachyus
am-uh-RANTH-us — everlasting flower
VEER-ih-diss — green
Distribution: pantropical
Edible use:
… Leaves and seeds as VEGETABLE … Plants For A Future
… young plants (before they come into flower)  … Protabase

Date/Time-Sep 2011
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- wild
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Herb
Height/Length- about 4-5 cms
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-green
Inflorescence Type/ Size- spiked with light purple and whitish flowers I think
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds-I can see some yellow dot like structures on the leaves I do not know if they are seeds

Amaranthus viridis
Commonly observed growing in open areas in Pune.

Some interesting info
Myth, legend and poetry

The word amaranth comes from the Greek <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_language>  word amarantos, meaning “unwithering”. The word was applied to amaranth because it did not soon fade and so symbolized immortality. “Amarant” is a more correct, albeit archaic form, chiefly used in poetry. The current spelling, amaranth, seems to have come from folk etymology <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folk_etymology> that
assumed the final syllable derived from the Greek word anthos (“flower”), common in botanical names.
Aesop’s Fables <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aesop%27s_Fables> (6th century BC) compares the rose to the amaranth to illustrate the difference in fleeting and everlasting beauty:
A Rose and an Amaranth blossomed side by side in a garden,and the Amaranth said to her neighbour,”How I envy you your beauty and your sweet scent!No wonder you are such a universal favourite.”But the Rose replied with a shade of sadness in her voice,”Ah, my dear friend, I bloom but for a time:my petals soon wither and fall, and then I die.But your flowers never fade, even if they are cut;for they are everlasting.”
Or in story form: An amaranth planted in a garden near a Rose-Tree, thus addressed it: “What a lovely flower is the Rose, a favorite alike with Gods and with men. I envy you your beauty and your perfume.” The Rose replied, “I indeed, dear Amaranth, flourish but for a brief season! If no cruel hand pluck me from my stem, yet I must perish by an early doom. But thou art immortal and dost never fade, but bloomest for ever in renewed youth.”
Not all amaranth plants are cultivated. Most of the species from *Amaranthus * are summer annual weeds and are commonly referred to as pigweeds.[28] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranth#cite_note-Bensch-27>
These species have an extended period of germination, rapid growth, and high rates of seed production[28]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranth#cite_note-Bensch-27> and have been causing problems for farmers since the mid-1990s. This is partially due to the reduction in tillage <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tillage>,
reduction in herbicidal use and the evolution of herbicidal resistance in several species where herbicides have been applied more often.[29]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranth#cite_note-28> The following 9 species of Amaranthus are considered invasive and noxious weeds in the U.S and Canada: A. albus, A. blitoides, A. hybridus, A. palmeri, A. powellii, A. retroflexus, A. spinosus, A. tuberculatus, and A. viridis.[30] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranth#cite_note-29>


210312::habit photograph of Amaranthus::Sl. No.-1:
This time I m posting Habit Photograph of Amaranthus sp. as asked earlier
Date/Time- 21th March, 2012
Location- Place- Wazirabad, Delhi
Habitat- Wild
Plant Habit- Shrub/Herb 
Height- 10cm


Date/Time- 11th March, 2012

Location- Place- Merrut, Uttar Pradesh

Habitat- Wild

Plant Habit- Shrub/Herb

Height- 10cm



Perhaps Amaranthus viridis


Amaranthus viridis
Wild herb growing in garden of Arya P G College Panipat (220 mts)
pics on 25-6-11
about 1-1.5 feet high

An important ayurvedic herb… and we eat it as vegetabnle too before rains set in..
good source of Lutin (important for the eye)..


efloraofindia:”27112011MR1’’ Amaranthus viridis Pune:

Nov 2011 Pune
The following information is taken from http://www.iewf.org/weedid/Amaranthus_viridis.htm
Scientific Name Amaranthus viridis L.
Family Amaranthaceae
Synonyms Amaranthus gracilis Desf.
Common Names green amaranthus or slender Amaranth
Origin tropical regions of the world
Distinguishing characteristic
Amaranthus viridis can be distinguished by its wrinkled fruit

Attaching pictures of inflorescence

Amaranthus viridis – Flora Of Madhya Pradesh:
Amaranthus viridis L. photographed at Betul, MP.
Stem was rounded and smooth .
Common names
Green amaranthus (English), चौलाई (Hindi)

Oops d second pic was misnamed– it should be Amaranthus viridis instead of Amaranthus spinosus.


VoF Week: Amaranthus viridis from Pipalkoti: Amaranthus viridis from Pipalkoti


Herb ID request – RK46 – 3-Nov-2012:
Request id of this short herb of about 1 – 2 feet growing wild in Mumbai and is flowering now. Tks.

I think Amaranthus viridis

I agree with …: Amaranthus viridis.

Yes it is Amaranthus viridis

Amaranthus viridis : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2)- 2 Mb or more.
Amaranthus viridis


Amaranthus viridis FOR VALIDATION :: urban Jodhpur :: 23 OCT 18 : 5 posts by 4 authors. 6 images.
Jodhpur  urban
Date: October 23, 2018 … Altitude: about 230 m (750 feet) asl
¿ Amaranthus viridis ?  
Dear friends,
Had not come across such extra long (about 1½ ft) inflorescence of Amaranthus; I hope I am not mistaking the genus. Please help validate the ID. Found the plant in an untended area of hotel resort.

plant for ID-1 : 10 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (2)
Date- sep 2019
Location-  Common in wastelands in Shimla and Mandi District
Habitat- Wild,
Is it Amaranthus, Which species?

Digeria muricata. Amaranthaceae

Amaranthus viridis wd my guess with the data provided.

and yes I agree with …

Not Digera

flower stalk, size of inflorescence etc is all different.
by now its mostly seedpods… it looks to be Amaranthus viridis

As per me A.spinosus or other sp. seem not viridis but not sure, need some more info. for conf.

Thanks, …, for id.
Both Amaranthus viridis and Amaranthus spinosus look similar except for the spines.
I do not see any spines in the images.
So should it not be Amaranthus viridis ?

I am out. cant go any further here based on these pictures


Amaranthaceae for ID : Bangalore : 04OCT20 : AK-09 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Seen growing wild.
Amaranthus caudatus?

Amaranthus viridis

Fwd: [efloraofindia:193013] Amaranthus 5/7/14- Amaranthus caudatus ? : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).
The three species of Amaranthus are provisionally identified using local guides. Please confirm or correct species IDs. Photos were taken in Sri Lanka in March 2014.

Most probably the plant uploaded is Amarathus deflexus

Thanks, …, As per Flora of Pakistan, Amaranthus deflexus Linn. has no distribution in India.

Amaranthus viridis

Fwd: [efloraofindia:193013] Amaranthus 5/7/14- Amaranthus cruentus ? : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).
The three species of Amaranthus are provisionally identified using local guides. Please confirm or correct species IDs. Photos were taken in Sri Lanka in March 2014.

May be…. may not be….., I have no idea…. doesn’t tally with the description of FoC – http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=242414702

I am with Amaranthus viridis only


Botanical Name: Amaranthus viridis: 1 high res. image.
Location: Rajouri (jandk)

Date: 15-12-2020
Habit: Herb
Uses: used as vegetable

Doubtful ID.

I thought viridis is correct

Yes sir this is Amaranthus viridis


Amaranthus viridis: 1 high res. image.
Location: Rajouri j and k

Habit: Herb
Uses: Used as vegetable
Family: Amaranthaceae
Vernacular name: Chaleri

Yes I suppose, nice click


Amaranthus viridis L.: 11 very high res. images.
Location: Kathmandu, Central Nepal
Altitude: 1400 m.
Date : 13 June 2021
Habitat : Cultivated

Yes, it’s,

Yes … It is a weed in my garden. Plenty

Tasty vegetable.


Plant for ID : Amaranthaceae : Nasik : 14APR22 : AK – 04: 2 images.
Plant seen at a farm in Nasik during February.

Pl. check comparative images at

PL. post high res. images.
Some chance of Amaranthus viridis L., if wild.

2 high res. images.

Yes, it appears close.


Amaranthus viridis L. :: Waghbil, Thane, Maharashtra :: Dec 7, 2008 · JUN23 DV46: 3 images.

Amaranthus viridis L.
Waghbil, Thane, Maharashtra :: Dec 7, 2008 · 3:14 PM IST :: about 3 m (10 ft) asl
Many thanks to Dr Rani Bhagat ji for validating the ID at efloraofindia.