Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Amaranthus albus L. image
Photographer: Donald Pratt           

Botanical Illustration

Donald Pratt

Robert W. Freckmann
Family Amaranthaceae
Amaranthus albus L.
prostrate pigweed, tumble pigweed, tumbleweed, tumbleweed amaranth, white amaranth
Amaranthus: from the Greek amarantos for "unfading," referring to the long-lasting flowers
albus: white
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, annual, 40" tall, bushy, spiny forb; whitish, smooth stems multi-branched forming a rounded clump; taprooted
Flower: green, 5-parted, no petals, only sepals; inflorescence dense clusters of flowers from the leaf axils
Leaf:alternate, whitish beneath; those on the stem long-stalked, ovate; those on the branches short-stalked
Habitat: disturbed sites
Notes: when dried the stems break easily, the 2 round plant tumbles in the wind and disburses the seeds
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Synonyms 
Amaranthus albus L. var. pubescens (Uline & W.L.Bray) Fernald
Amaranthus graecizans auct. non L.
Amaranthus graecizans L. var. pubescens Uline & W.L.Bray
Amaranthus pubescens (Uline & W.L.Bray) Rydb.

         
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