Amaranthaceae Juss. (The Amaranth Family) 42 species from the Amaranthaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.
English name(s) :
Babington's Orache, Scotland Orache
Maltese name(s) :
Status for Malta :
Indigenous. Present on the Maltese islands before man
Very Common Common Frequent Scarce Rare Very rare Extinct
Growth form :
Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: CHAMEOPHYTE ( dwarf or small woody shrubs )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon
Legal Protection :
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 :
August – November
Colour of Flowers:
Not particularly toxic
Name Derivation :
Atriplex: From Atraphaxys- meaning dark and intertwined of which reference to the corresponding plants is not certain, but one of the suggestions indicate it may refer lack of nutrition (A- and -traphein) alluding to the dry, arid and deprived ground in which many plants are able to grow. (Greek origin )
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