Amaranthus hypochondriacus

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Amaranthus hypochondriacus L.
  • Common Name : Prince-of-Wales Feather, Prince's Feather
  • Plant Family : Amaranthaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 17, 27, 28
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park

About Amaranthus hypochondriacus Plant :

  • Habit : An ornamental herb.
  • Stem : Green or purple, branched, without hairs or slightly hairy.
  • Leaves : Rhombic - ovate or oblong - lanceshaped, 3 - 10 × 1.5 - 3.5 cm, without hairs, base narrow, margin entire or wavy, tip pointed or long - pointed, leaf stalks without hairs.
  • Inflorescence : Erect, cylindric, branched or unbranched, formed of many spikes.
  • Flowers :
    • Bracteate, bracts green or purple in colour, ovate, twice the length of perianth, tip distinctly long pointed.
    • Tepals are green - purple coloured having a dark midvein, oblong with acute or acuminate apex.
    • Stigma 2 - 3.
  • Fruit : Utricles exceeding perianth, green, tinged purple above, rhomboid-ovoid, 3 - 4 mm, circumscissile.
  • Seeds : White coloured, almost round with 1 mm diamter.
  • Flowering and Fruiting time : July - August
  • Significance : Generally grown as ornamental.