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Last updated 9/15/2008 by David Giblin.
Amaranthus cruentus L.[FNA4, HC2]
blood amaranth, caterpillar amaranth, purple amaranth

Publication: Syst. Nat. ed. 10. 2: 1269. 1759.

Origin: Probably introduced from cultivation in Central America

selected vouchers: WS

Notes: Derived from cultivated forms of Amaranthus hybridus, and perhaps best treated as a form of that species, according to FNA.


» Sauer, J. D. 1967. The grain amaranths and their relatives: A revised taxonomic and geographic survey. Ann. Missouri Bot. Garden 54: 103-137.
Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Amaranthus hybridus L. ssp. cruentus (L.) Thell.
Amaranthus hybridus L. var. cruentus (L.) Moq.