Amaranthus spinosus L.

  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Amaranthaceae
  • Species : Amaranthus spinosus
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Amaranthus spinosus L.
  • Common name : Spiny Amaranth, Prickly Amamranth
  • Vernacular name : Kateli (Hin.); Mullu harivi, Mullu dantu (Kan.); Mullukeerai (Tam.); Mulla-thota-kura (Tel.); Kanta Sago, Kanta Khira (Ori.); Tanduliyaka (San.)
  • Collection Nos : FAP 37618
  • Collector(s) Name : K.R.K.Swamy
  • Collection Date : 10/07/09
  • Collection Locality : Bhumayyagaripalle, Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh State
  • Habitat : Scrub forest
  • Key identification features : Perennial prickly herbs. Leaves simple, alternate with rather long leaf stalk. Flowers tiny and densely arranged on elongated inflorescence. Seeds are shiny black.
  • Habit : Herb
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the Year
  • Native : America
  • Comments : On plains to 1500 m, abundant near village wastelands and sometimes also a weed of cultivation. A ready colonizer on new roads.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Throughout Eastern Ghats
  • World Distribution : Cosmopolitan in warmer regions of the world, of presumed American origin.
  • Literature : J.L.Ellis, 1990- Flora of Nallamalais Vol. 2; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 3 ; R. S. Rao et al., 1986 - Flora of West Godavari District ; R. S. Rao and S. H. Sreeramulu, 1986 - Flora of Srikakulam District; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (2). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Arun Singh R., Deepak Kumar, Raja K Swamy and Navendu Page (2016). Digital Flora of Eastern Ghats. spinosus. Downloaded on 16 July 2020.


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