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Livid amaranth, Amaranthus blitum

 

Annual with prostrate, ascending or erect, smooth stems up to 3 feet long.  Leaves alternate with long stalks.  Leaf blades 3/8 to 1 ¼ inch long, usually oval, sometimes slightly broader above the middle.  Leaf tips often have notches.  Flowers green, in dense clusters in leaf axils or at tips of stems.  Male and female flowers separate but mixed in the clusters.  Seed very small, flattened, circular, and with a smooth cover.  Propagation is by seed, and livid amaranth is found in almost all disturbed areas, including row crops.



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