Amaranthus polygonoides L., Pl. Jamaic. Pug. 27 1759. (Syn: Albersia polygonoides Kunth; Amaranthus berlandieri (Moq.) Uline & W.L.Bray; Amaranthus blitum Rchb. Ic. ex Steud. (ambiguous synonym); Amaranthus taishanensis F.Z.Li & C.K.Ni; Amaranthus verticillatus Pav. ex Moq. [Invalid]; Amblogyna polygonoides (L.) Raf.; Euxolus polygonoides Nakai; Glomeraria polygonoides (L.) Cav.; Roemeria polygonoides (L.) Moench; Sarratia berlandieri Moq.; Sarratia polygonoides Moq. (Unresolved));
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Submission of Amaranthus graecizans : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Plant name: Amaranthus graecizans L., Sp. Pl. 990. 1753.
Ver. names: Tumble weed, pig weed (Eng.)
Family: Amaranthaceae
Annual herb, prostrate, branched from the base; plants glabrous. Leaves spiral; variable, lamina rhomboid-ovate or linear-lanceolate or linear, 2-4 × 0.5-2 cm, acute, cuneate at the base, glaucous green.  Flowers all in axillary cymose clusters, male and female intermixed, males in the upper whorls. Perianth segments 3, 2-3mm. Stamens 3 in males. Stigmas 3, slender, flexuose in females. Capsule subglobose 2mm, usually strongly wrinkled. Seeds shining, compressed, black, faintly reticulate.
Habitat & location: Occasional in the rock crevices in hilly areas.
Use: The leaves are used as leafy vegetable.

Thanks, …, for a new addition to efi.

Can it be Amaranthus polygonoides as per iNaturalistGBIFFlorida Plants ?

Looks different from Amaranthus graecizans as per POWO and GBIF.

Yes it is Amaranthus polygonoides ;I have corrected in my collection long back, P.graecizans is not our plant. thank you all


Images by (Siva Siva – Identified by Santhan P), (Inserted by Bhagyashri Ranade)



BND 51 51 A 9/11/14 :  4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
Please ID this small herbaceous plant that has medicinal/culinary values.

Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in March 2013.

something I meant to ask you for quite sometime….
if you do not know its id then how do you know its medicinally important…
was it an ethno botanical expedition where the tribal do not know the id?
but then they will have their traditional names.. if so I would like it if you would please share it/ them with this forum

ps i have enjoyed your pics so far.

It is like Amaranthus spinosus

Amaranthus polygonoides L.- Siru keerai in Tamil

I am confused between Amaranthus polygonoides L. as per iNaturalistGBIFFlorida Plants and POWO and FoPI and Amaranthus graecizans as per images posted by ….

Image by Siva Siva (inserted by Bhagyashri Ranade)



SL 29 151113 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments(1).

Please ID this creeping plant which is used as a leafy vegetable.

Amaranthaceae? Unfortnately no flowers. Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in Oct 2012.

might be Amaranthus sp.; cf. A. blitoides.

I agree with … id

Looks different from images of Amaranthus blitoides as per
It should be Amaranthus polygonoides as per

Florida Plants

Amaranthus graecizans

I am confused between Amaranthus polygonoides L. as per iNaturalistGBIFFlorida Plants and POWO and FoPI and Amaranthus graecizans as per images posted by ….

Wow! they look so similar …..

  1. Amaranthus polygonoides L.-
  2. Amaranthus graecizans L. –
  3. Amaranthus graecizans subsp. thellungianus (Nevski) Gusev –
  4. Amaranthus blitoides S.Watson –
So, (1) check distribution, (2) then, which one is edible, (3) which one is prostrate.
But, most importantly, first check – how many tepals are there in pistillate flower –

Can you please ID this creeping medicinal herb. Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in Nov 2012.

Really difficult to ID. Image quality not so good !

Amaranthus polygonoides

SL 24 121113 : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Please ID this small herbaceous plant of medicinal value. Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in Dec 2011.

Looks like Chenopodium.

Seems Amaranthus polygonoides


140713 ASP 108 :  Attachments (1). 3 posts by 3 authors.

Please ID this small erect herb with small with white flowers. Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in Nov 2012.

Amaranthus sp., perhaps.

Amaranthus spinosus.

Amaranthus polygonoides (Introduced)



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