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Amaranthus hybridus   (Prince's Feather Amaranth)

Amaranthus hybridus  (AMARANTHACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Oct-2010 (last update: 12-Jan-2019)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (Oct-2010) Amaranthus hybridus retrieved from on 2021-Feb-24

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Amaranthus hybridusL.
Published in Sp. Pl. 990 (1753)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Amaranthus chlorostachys Willd.
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life ]

Plant Family :

Amaranthaceae Juss. (The Amaranth Family)
42 species from the Amaranthaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Prince's Feather Amaranth, Prince's of Wales Feather Amaranth, Hybrid Amaranth

Maltese name(s) :

Denb id-dib bagħal

Status for Malta :

Species that was introduced in Malta after year 1492 and spreads to form established, non-invasive populations. It may become become invasive if it widespreads rapidly.

Frequency :

Very Common     Common     Frequent     Scarce     Rare     Very rare     Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: THEROPHYTE (annuals)
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection [link]:

Not Protected by Law (LN200/2011 or LN311/2006)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :


Colour of Flowers:


Species Description and Distribution

Habitat in Europe:

Several anthropogenic habitats, esp. close to agricultural areas and abandoned fields

Preferred habitat in Malta:

Fields and valleys close to agricultural areas, usually in disturbed places

Botanical Description:

Stems 20-100 cm, erect, sparsely to densely pubescent above. Leaves 3-8 cm, rhombic-ovate. Inflorescence elongate-spicate, often compound, with long branches. Bracteoles (2-)3-4 mm, ovate, with a very long mucro, about twice as long as the perianth. Perianth-segments 5, 1.5-2(-2.4) mm, narrowly ovate, usually acute, about as long as the fruit. Stamens 5. Fruit dehiscing transversely.

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Distributional range:

Naturalized in C. & S. Europe casual throughout most of Europe.

Native region outside Europe:

(C. & W. North America.)

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):

Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):

Introduced in Albania, Austria and Liechtenstein, the Azores, the Balaeric Islands, Bulgaria, Corse, Crete, Czeck Republic and Slovakia, France (incl. Monaco and Channel Islands but excluding Corse), Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Spain (incl. Andorra but excl. the Balaerics), Hungary, Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia), Portugal, Poland, Romania, Russia and former USSR

Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(Euro+Med Checklist, 2017) - Country codes

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   Amaranthus hybridus   -   Image Code: AMRHY-0.
   Amaranthus hybridus   -   Image Code: AMRHY-1.
   Amaranthus hybridus   -   Image Code: AMRHY-2.
   Amaranthus hybridus   -   Image Code: AMRHY-3.
   Amaranthus hybridus   -   Image Code: AMRHY-4.

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