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Taxon: Amaranthus viridis L.

Genus: Amaranthus subgenus: Albersia
Family: Amaranthaceae
Nomen number: 2808
Place of publication: Sp. pl. ed. 2, 2:1405. 1763
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 04-Feb-2003 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 04-Feb-2003
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7).
Accessions: 18 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:

  • green amaranth   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • pigweed   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • Prince-of-Wales-feather   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • slender amaranth   (Source: AH 505 ) – English
  • tropical green amaranth   (Source: F NAmer ) – English
  • zhou guo xian   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • amarante verte   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • grüner Amarant   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • cararu   (Source: Food Feed Crops US ) – Portuguese
  • bredo   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • carurú-comum   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • carurú-de-mancha   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • carurú-de-porco   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • carurú-de-soldado   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • bledo   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

  • widely naturalized tropical weed, adventive to warm-temperate regions

    West-Central Tropical Africa: Gabon; Zaire
    West Tropical Africa: Nigeria
    Malesia: Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
    Caribbean: West Indies

  • origin obscure, possibly South America




Check other web resources for Amaranthus viridis L.:

  • Flora Europaea: Database of European Plants (ESFEDS)
  • 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
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • 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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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (08 October 2015)

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