Amaranthus californicus (Moq. ) S. Watson
CALIFORNIA AMARANTH
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Amaranthus californicus (Moq.) S. Watson
California amaranth

Image of Amaranthus californicus

General Information
Symbol: AMCA
Group: Dicot
Family: Amaranthaceae
Duration: Annual
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : CAN   N
L48   N
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William & Wilma Follette. USDA NRCS. 1992. Western wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species . West Region, Sacramento. Provided by USDA NRCS Wetland Science Institute (WSI). Usage Requirements .

USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Provided by NRCS National Wetland Team . Usage Requirements .

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Synonyms

Symbol Scientific Name
AMAL4 Amaranthus albomarginatus Uline & Bray
AMMI5 Amaranthus microphyllus Shinners

Classification

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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Caryophyllidae
Order Caryophyllales
Family Amaranthaceae – Amaranth family
Genus Amaranthus L. – pigweed
Species Amaranthus californicus (Moq.) S. Watson – California amaranth

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Wetland Status

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North America
Arid West FACW
Great Plains FACW
Midwest FACW
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast FACW

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Wildlife

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28. Amaranthus californicus (Moquin-Tandon) S. Watson in W. H. Brewer et al., Bot. California. 2: 42. 1880 (as Amarantus).

Californian amaranth, California amaranth

Mengea californica Moquin-Tandon in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. 13(2): 270. 1849

Plants annual, glabrous. Stems prostrate, whitish or tinged with red, much-branched from base, 0.1-0.5 m, rather fleshy. Leaves: petiole 1 /2 or less as long as blade; blade pale green, veins prominent, obovate, spatulate, or oblanceolate to linear, 0.3-2(-3) × 0.2-1.5 cm, base cuneate, margins entire, plane or slightly undulate, apex obtuse to subacute, with prominent mucro. Inflorescences axillary clusters borne from bases to tops of plants. Bracts of pistillate flowers linear, 0.5-1 mm, ± equaling tepals. Pistillate flowers: tepals 1-3, narrowly lanceolate, unequal, usually with only 1 well-developed tepal, largest 1-1.2 mm, apex acute to acuminate; stigmas 3. Staminate flowers intermixed with pistillate; tepals (2-)3; stamens 3. Utricles subglobose, 1-1.2 mm, smooth or wrinkled (especially in dry plants), dehiscence regularly circumscissile or tardily dehiscent. Seeds very dark reddish brown, lenticular, (0.6-)0.7-1 mm diam., shiny.

Flowering summer-fall. Seasonally moist flats, shores of water bodies, waste places, other disturbed habitats; 0-2800 m; Alta., Sask.; Calif., Idaho, Kans., Mont., Nebr., Nev., Oreg., S.Dak., Tex., Utah, Wash., Wyo.

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Amaranthus californicus
Amaranthus californicus
California Amaranth
ID: 0000 0000 1103 0579 [detail]
© 2003 Keir Morse

Amaranthus californicus
Amaranthus californicus
California Amaranth
ID: 0000 0000 1103 0577 [detail]
© 2003 Keir Morse

Amaranthus californicus
Amaranthus californicus
California Amaranth
ID: 0000 0000 1103 0578 [detail]
© 2003 Keir Morse

Amaranthus californicus
Amaranthus californicus
California Amaranth
ID: 0000 0000 0114 1593 [detail]
2014 Mary Winter

Amaranthus californicus
Amaranthus californicus
California Amaranth
ID: 0000 0000 1216 1947 [detail]
© 2016 Neal Kramer

Amaranthus californicus
Amaranthus californicus
California Amaranth
ID: 0000 0000 1216 1948 [detail]
© 2016 Neal Kramer

Amaranthus californicus
Amaranthus californicus
California Amaranth
ID: 0000 0000 1216 1949 [detail]
© 2016 Neal Kramer

Amaranthus californicus
Amaranthus californicus
California Amaranth
ID: 0000 0000 1216 1950 [detail]
© 2016 Neal Kramer

Amaranthus californicus
Amaranthus californicus
California Amaranth
ID: 0000 0000 1216 1958 [detail]
© 2016 Neal Kramer

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