Amaranthaceae Juss. (The Amaranth Family) 42 species from the Amaranthaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.
English name(s) :
Maltese name(s) :
Denb id-dib vjola kbir
Status for Malta :
Casual or accidental alien. Species that was introduced in Malta rather recently and normally it is short-lived
or resticted to small populations for a short time, without becoming widespread or invasive.
Very Common Common Frequent Scarce Rare Very rare Extinct
Not legally protected till the last update of this website (2/Mar/2022)
Red List (1989) :
Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands
Flowering Time :
April – October
Colour of Flowers:
Not particularly toxic
Name Derivation :
Amaranthus: From the Greek 'amarantos' meaning unfading. The flowers of several species have a deep purple-red colour (from which the colour amaranth is derived) which retain the colour for a very long time. (Greek origin )
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Species Images (4 images)
Amaranthus gangeticus - Image Code: AMRGG-0.
Amaranthus gangeticus - Image Code: AMRGG-1.
Amaranthus gangeticus - Image Code: AMRGG-2.
Amaranthus gangeticus - Image Code: AMRGG-3.
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