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Taxon: Amaranthus spinosus L.

Genus: Amaranthus subgenus: Amaranthus
Family: Amaranthaceae
Nomen number: 2804
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:991. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 12-Mar-2004 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 12-Mar-2004
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7).
Accessions: 24 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • carelessweed   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • edlebur   (Source: Econ Pl Aust ) – English
  • needlebur   (Source: Flow India ) – English
  • prickly amaranth   (Source: Flow India ) – English
  • prickly calalu   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • Prince-of-Wales-feather   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • spiny amaranth   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • spiny pigweed   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • thorny amaranth   (Source: F NAmer ) – English
  • thorny pigweed   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • ci xian   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • épinard cochon   (Source: C. Feuillet, p.c.) – French
  • épinard malabre   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • dorniger Fuchsschwanz   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • Malabarspinat   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • kanta chaulai   (Source: Flow India ) – India (Hindi)
  • kante math   (Source: Flow India ) – India (Marathi)
  • bredo-bravo   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • bredo-de-espinho   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • carurú-bravo   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • carurú-de-espinho   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • bledo espinoso   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • espinaca de Malabar   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • taggamarant   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

  • widely naturalized weed of tropic, subtropic, & warm-temperate regions

  • probable origin neotropics



Check other web resources for Amaranthus spinosus L.:

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
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