Amaranthus species- Kamrup district (Metro), Assam
Amaranthus sp from Kamrup district (Metro), Assam : Attachments (9). 7 posts by 4 authors.
Attached images are Amaranthus species. Please ID for it.
Date :22.07.2013
Location: At my residence, Kamrup district (Metro), Assam
Family : Amaranthaceae
Genus & species : Amaranthus species.
Habitat: Grows wild
Habit : Herbs
May be Amaranthus hybridus.
How about Amaranthus cruentus L. (A. paniculatus L.) ?
I have received two mails relating to this Amaranthus, one suggesting probability of A. cruentus L., and the other rejecting it.
I take the 2nd one, for much have been updated since the days of FBI, FI, Bengal Plants .... etc.
Amaranthus in efloras (FoC, FoP, FoZ, FoNA..... etc.) are puzzling (for amateurs like me), along with their current accepted names. There is L. / non L. issues and ssp. issues.
I take a 2nd, and final call, based on FoC - Amaranthus hypochondriacus L.?
Following is excerpt from F. B. I. iv. 718 and onwards (read with "Bengal Plants") -
Bracts setaceous or awned; 5 sepals; 5 stamens -
i) with spine --- A. spinosus L.
ii) without spine; leaves acute or acuminate ------ A. paniculatus L.
iii) without spine; leaves obtuse, rarely acute ----- A. caudatus L.
Bracts setaceous or awned (subulate); 3 sepals; 3 stamens; leaves obtuse or emarginate -
iv) stems branching above the middle ----- A. gangeticus L.
v) stems branching near the base ----- A. gangeticus var. tristis
vi) flowers clustered, all axillary ----- A. mangostanus L.
vii) tall, glabrous, very slender; long petioled, ---- A. caturus Heyne
Bracts usually shorter than sepals ..........
Hope it helps ID.