Amaranthus blitum L. (syn. Amaranthus lividus L.)

Taxonomy: Fam. Amaranthaceae// Genus: Amaranthus// Species: Amaranthus blitum L.

Determined according to the botanical key provided in The Flora of the Republic of Macedonia (Micevski, 1995) as Amaranthus lividus L. The accepted name in the Euro+Med PlantBase (Iamonico, 2015) is Amaranthus blitum L.

Lifeform: Annual; Therophyte according to the Raunkiær system.

Distribution: Native to South America: Peru to Brazil and Argentina; introduced in the rest of the world, according to the distribution information provided by the Plants of the World Online portal (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew).

Habitat:  Found usually on disturbed ground- alongside roads, cultivated land, gardens, settlements.

Flowering period: Late summer – fall: AUG, SEP, OCT, NOV.

Amaranthus blitum – habit. Kochani, 21.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – habit. Kochani, 21.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – habit. Kochani, 21.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – habit. Kochani, 30.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – stem with cauline leaves and inflorescence. Kochani, 21.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – stem with leaves and developing inflorescence. Kochani, 21.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – stem with leaves and developing inflorescence. Kochani, 21.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – inflorescence. Kochani, 21.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – inflorescence. Kochani, 21.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – inflorescence. Kochani, 21.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – inflorescence. Kochani, 21.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – inflorescence. Kochani, 21.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – inflorescence. Kochani, 21.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – inflorescence. Kochani, 30.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – inflorescence. Kochani, 30.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – leaves. Kochani, 21.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – cauline leaves. Kochani, 30.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – leaf. Kochani, 30.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – leaf. Kochani, 30.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – leaf. Kochani, 30.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – leaf. Kochani, 30.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – leaf. Kochani, 30.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – adaxial side of cauline leaf. Kochani, 30.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – abaxial side of leaf. Kochani, 21.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – abaxial side of leaf. Kochani, 30.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – abaxial side of leaf. Kochani, 30.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – abaxial side of leaf. Kochani, 30.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – stem. Kochani, 21.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – stem. Kochani, 30.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Amaranthus blitum – root. Kochani, 30.10.2021. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.

References:

Micevski, K. (1995). The Flora of the Republic of Macedonia Vol. I, Book 3. Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Amaranthus blitum L. Plants of the World Online, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. http://www.plantsoftheworldonline.org/taxon/urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:10619-2 [Accessed 30.10.2021].

Amaranthus blitum. Iamonico, D. (2015): Amaranthaceae. – In: Euro+Med Plantbase – the information resource for Euro-Mediterranean plant diversity. Published on the Internet http://ww2.bgbm.org/EuroPlusMed/PTaxonDetail.asp?NameId=926&PTRefFk=7300000 [Accessed 30.10.2021].

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