Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3852

Forb
Annual
Dioecious

Native to Georgia (perhaps) and southward into South America (introduced in NC)

Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Rare

Look for it in tidal marshes, ditches, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Stems not armed

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate
Petioles 1/3-2/3 length of blade
Margins entire

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Unisexual
5 sepals in staminate flowers, absent in pistillate flowers
Petals absent
5 stamens in staminate flowers
Inflorescences mostly terminal, usually interrupted, linear spikes to panicles

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Utricle

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Caryophyllales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (6/30/18):
Amaranthus australis   FAMILY Amaranthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Amaranthus australis   FAMILY Amaranthaceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Acnida alabamensis

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Acnida cuspidata

 

COMMON NAME:
Southern Water-hemp, Southern Amaranth, Careless


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image of Amaranthus australis, Southern Water-hemp, Southern Amaranth, Careless

Keith Bradley    kab_a_australis_08304

April    Monroe County    FL

Everglades National Park

This annual is alleged to reach a size of 9m tall & 30cm diameter at the base, per Weakley's Flora.