Common Amaranth - Amaranthus retroflexus
Short to tall erect rather greyish plant, hairy above. Leaves oval stalked. Flowers in a short dense spike.
There are many other alien species of Amaranthus. Identification is extremely difficult.
Refer to key in Stace (4th edn.)
Only possible to identify from a specimen collected late in the year.
The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification
Waste and cultivated land.
July to October.
A scarce plant with most British records coming from England and Wales.
Scarce in Leicestershire & Rutland - this is only the 7th record. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in only 2 of the 617 tetrads.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records:
- RED = 2020+
- DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
- LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015