General Information
NameAmaranth
Scientific NameAmaranthus
DescriptionAmaranthus, collectively known as amaranth,[citation needed] is a cosmopolitan genus of annual or short-lived perennial plants. Catkin-like cymes of densely packed flowers grow in summer or autumn. Approximately 60 species are recognized, with inflorescences and foliage ranging from purple and red to green or gold. Members of this genus share many characteristics and uses with members of the closely related genus Celosia. Although several species are often considered weeds, people around the world value amaranths as leaf vegetables, cereals, and ornamental plants. "Amaranth" derives from Greek ????????? (amarantos), "unfading," with the Greek word for "flower," ????? (anthos), factoring into the word's development as "amaranth." The more accurate "amarant" is an archaic variant.
Primary IDFOOD00288
Picture289
Classification
GroupHerbs and Spices
Sub-GroupHerbs
Taxonomy
LineageSuperkingdom: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Viridiplantae
Phylum: Streptophyta
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Amaranthus
ITIS ID20715
Wikipedia IDAmaranth
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References
Content Reference— Duke, James. 'Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. United States Department of Agriculture.' Agricultural Research Service, Accessed April 27 (2004).
— U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2008. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 21. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page.