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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 1/25/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 1/25/2013)
PlaceOfPublication Sp. P1. 2:1405. 1763.
Synonym Chenopodium caudatum Jacq. Coll. 2: 325. 1788. Amaranthus gracilis Desf. Tabl. Bot. 43. 1804. Albersia gracilis Webb. & Berth. Phyt. Canar. 3:287. 1836. Euxolus caudatus Moq. in DC. Prodr. 132:274. 1849. Euxolus caudatus / gracilis Moq. loc. cit. 132:274. 1849. Earxolus caudat(us Y maximus Moq. loc. cit. 132:274. 1849
Description Rather delicate glabrous annuals to as much as I m. high, the branches ascend- ing. Leaves glabrous, entire to minutely crenulate, deltoid- to rhombic-ovate, apically emarginate to rounded and mucronate, basally truncate to subacute, 1.5-6 cm. long, 1-4 cm. broad, the petioles 0.5-4 cm. long. Inflorescences of thyrses racemosely disposed, the terminal and axillary thyrses cylindric, mostly less than 7 mm. broad. Flowers polygamo-monoecious or monoecious; bracts 'and bracteoles subequal, lanceolate to ovate, ca. 1 mm. long; sepals 3, linear-oblong to pbovate, rounded, mucronate, 1-1.5 mm. long, the midrib dark green, the margins scariose; stamens 3, discrete, 1-1.5 mm. long; ovary compressed-globose; style 1, minute, stigmata 3, longer than the style. Fruit an indehiscent, strongly rugose utricle, 1-1.5 mm. long, 1-1.5 broad; seeds cochleate-orbiculate, dark red to black, dull, minutely pebbled, 1-1.2 mm. broad.
Distribution Presumably a native of the Old World tropics, this weedy species is adventive around Balboa (fide Standley, in Contr. U. S. Nat. Herb. 27:173. 1928). It is also adventive in the eastern United States.
Note The names bledo and calaii are applied to all the species of Panamanian Amaranthus, any of which may serve as potherbs.
Common bledo calaii
Habit herbs
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