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Amaranthus caudatus L.

Synonym
  • Amaranthus mantegazzianus Pass.
  • Amaranthus maximus Mill.
  • Amaranthus caudatus subsp. saueri V. Jehlík
Vernacular Name
Love-lies-bleeding, Pendant Amaranth, Tassel Flower, Velvet Flower, Foxtail Amaranth, Quilete
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Conservation status
No status defined
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Detail
Occurrence: [aAE(G), aAg, aAu, aBe(B), nBH, aBr, By, aCa, Ca(C, T), Cg, aCr, aCs, nCy, aDa, nEg, aEs, aFe, Ga(F), aGe, aGg(D, G), aGr, nHe, nHs, aHu, aIJ, aIr, nIt, nJu, aLa, -Lt, aLu, aMa, aMd, Md(M), Mo, aNo, aPo, aRf(C, CS, E, S), Rf(K), nRm, aSa, nSi(M, S), aSk, Sl, nSn, nSr, nSu, Sy, aTcs, aTu(A), Tu(E), Uk, aUk(K, U)] (EuroMed, 2018). Many parts of the plants, including the leaves and seeds, are edible, and are frequently used as a source of food in India and South America – where it is the most important Andean species of Amaranthus, known as kiwicha. (see also Amaranth seed and Andean ancient plants) This species, as with many other of the amaranths, is originally from the American tropics. The exact origin is unknown, as A. caudatus is believed to be a wild Amaranthus hybridus aggregate. The red color of the inflorescences is due to a high content of betacyanins, as in the related species known as "Hopi red dye" amaranth. Ornamental garden varieties sold under the latter name are either Amaranthus cruentus or a hybrid between A. cruentus and A. powelli. In indigenous agriculture, A. cruentus is the Central American counterpart to South American A. caudatus. During the Victorian era, specific flowers had different meanings. Love-lies-bleeding stood for hopeless love or hopelessness in the Victorian language of flowers.
Book reference
  • Кузярін О.Т. Судинні рослини території торфовища "Білогорща” (м. Львів) // Наукові основи збереження біотичної різноманітності. - 2010. - Т.1(8), №1. - С.75-90.
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Experts
  • Alexander KUZYARIN, Dr, e-mail: kuzyarin@gmail.com

Taxonomic branch

Biota
Eukaryota
Plantae
Viridiplantae
Tracheophyta
Euphyllophytina
Magnoliopsida
Caryophyllales
Amaranthaceae
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