Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Caryophyllales

Amaranthaceae - Amaranth or pigweed family

Chenopodiaceae

Brenan, J.P.M. (1988) Chenopodiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1)

Townsend, C.C. (1988) Amaranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1)

Description of the family

Annual or perennial herbs, sometimes woody at the base or, rarely, small shrubs (Psilotrichum scleranthum). Stipules 0. Leaves simple, alternate or opposite. Inflorescence various, bracteate; bracts hyaline to membranous, straw-coloured to white, subtending one or more flowers. Flowers bisexual or unisexual, mostly actinomorphic with 2 bracteoles, frequently in ultimate small 3-flowered cymes, the lateral flowers often sterile and modified into scales, spines, hooks or hairs. Tepals often green or white or variously coloured, usually 5, arranged in 1 whorl, membranous to firm, finally hardening and often falling with the ripe fruit. Ovary superior, 1-locular. Fruit a capsule, rarely a berry.

Worldwide: 71 genera and 750 species, mostly tropical and warm, few temperate.

Malawi: 2 cultivated genera and 3 cultivated taxa.

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Links to cultivated genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Alternanthera Forssk.Description
Gomphrena L.Description

Other sources of information about Amaranthaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Amaranthaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Amaranthaceae
Flora of Malawi: Amaranthaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Amaranthaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Amaranthaceae
Flora of Zambia: Amaranthaceae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Amaranthaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Amaranthaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Amaranthaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Amaranthaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Amaranthaceae
Wikipedia: Amaranthaceae


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Cultivated plants: Family page: Amaranthaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/cult/family.php?family_id=8, retrieved 22 September 2019

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