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Amaranthus blitum L.

Synonym
  • Amaranthus emarginatus Uline & W. L. Bray
  • Amaranthus lividus L.
Vernacular Name
Purple Amaranth, Guernsey Pigweed
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Conservation status
No status defined
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Detail
Occurrence: Ab(A), AE(G), Ag, Al, Au, Az, Be(B), Bl(M, N), Br, Bu, Ca, Co, Cr, Ct, Eg, Ga(F), Ge, Gg(A, D, G), Gr, He, Hs(G, S), Hu, It, Lu, Ma, Md(M), dMk, Rf(CS), ?Sa, Si(M, S), Sl, Sn, Tn, Tu(A, E), [nAu(A), nAz(C, F, G, J, L, M, P, S, T), nBe, nBH, aBr, Bu, By, Ca(C, F, G, H, L, P, T), nCs, Da, aEs, aFe, He, nHo, nIJ, nIr, nLa, nLt, Md(M), Mo, aNo, nPo, aRf(C, E, NW, S), Rf(K), aRm, nSk, nSr, nSu, Sy, nTu(E), Uk(K, U)] (EuroMed, 2018). Native to the Mediterranean region, it is naturalized in other parts of the world, including much of eastern North America. Although weedy, it is eaten in many parts of the world. The Greeks call the Amaranthus blitum var. silvestre, vlita (Modern Greek: βλίτα), and eat the leaves and the tender shoots cooked in steam or boiled and then served with olive oil, lemon and salt. Similarly, it is also picked as young shoots in Lebanon and cooked in olive oil, onion, chilli, and burghul, seasoned with salt and drizzled with lemon juice before eating with pita bread. It is considered a side dish and particularly popular in the north of Lebanon.
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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