Sp. Pl. 2: 990. 1753
Illustrator: Yevonn Wilson-Ramsey
Phenology: Flowering summer–fall (almost year-round in tropics, subtropics).
Habitat: Waste places, fields, roadsides, other disturbed habitats
Elevation: 0-1000 m
Ont., Que., Ala., Calif., Fla., Ga., La., Md., Mass., Miss., N.H., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Pa., S.C., Tex., Utah, Va., Central America, South America, Eurasia, Africa.
The name Amaranthus lividus has been widely used for A. blitum, in addition to other Linnaean names (see F. Fillias et al. 1980; J. P. M. Brenan and C. C. Townsend 1980; R. K. Brummitt 1984). Amaranthus blitum is of tropical origin and not common in temperate regions. It has been cultivated in Europe as a minor leaf-vegetable crop, but now it is declining and its range is becoming progressively smaller. In many temperate countries (in particular in Europe), A. blitum persists mostly as an uncommon and sporadic weed in greenhouses, ornamental gardens, and flower beds.
In Europe, it may be possible to distinguish two or three subspecies within Amaranthus blitum. The occurrence and distribution of infraspecific taxa of the A. blitum complex is insufficiently known in North America and requires additional floristic and taxonomic studies, although it appears that the most common is subsp. polygonoides (Moquin-Tandon) Cattetero. Some literature records of A. blitum from southern regions of North America are misidentifications of A. viridis, and vice versa; because of that the distributions of these two species in the flora area require critical reassessment.
|Author||Sergei L. Mosyakin + and Kenneth R. Robertson +|
|Basionyms||Undefined subg. Albersia +|
|Common name||Purple amaranth + and livid amaranth +|
|Distribution||Ont. +, Que. +, Ala. +, Calif. +, Fla. +, Ga. +, La. +, Md. +, Mass. +, Miss. +, N.H. +, N.J. +, N.Y. +, N.C. +, Ohio +, Pa. +, S.C. +, Tex. +, Utah +, Va. +, Central America +, South America +, Eurasia + and Africa. +|
|Elevation||0-1000 m +|
|Habitat||Waste places, fields, roadsides, other disturbed habitats +|
|Illustrator||Yevonn Wilson-Ramsey +|
|Phenology||Flowering summer–fall (almost year-round in tropics, subtropics). +|
|Publication title||Sp. Pl. +|
|Publication year||1753 +|
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|Synonyms||Amaranthus ascendens + and Amaranthus lividus +|
|Taxon family||Amaranthaceae +|
|Taxon name||Amaranthus blitum +|
|Taxon parent||Amaranthus subg. Albersia +|
|Taxon rank||species +|
|Volume||Volume 4 +|