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Amaranthus crassipes Schltdl.
Spreading amaranth

Family: Amaranthaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Annual

Native Range: Southern United States (perhaps only South Florida), the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America; naturalizing outside of its native range. In South Florida, known only from Key West.

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Presumed Extirpated or Extinct in the Wild

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Presumed Extirpated

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Assumed to be Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

Comments: Although treated as an exotic by the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants and others, this was collected early in Key West and is native throughout the West Indies, including Cuba and the Bahamas.

For an image, visit the Flora of the West Indies.


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Amaranthus crassipes
Copyright by: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
J.K. Small s.n. FTG
Key West, Florida, 1912

Other data on Amaranthus crassipes available from :
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants


Amaranthus crassipes has been found in the following county :
Occurrence Native Status
Monroe County (Keys) Presumed Extirpated Presumed Extirpated


Amaranthus crassipes has been found in the following habitat :
Disturbed Upland


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Amaranthus crassipes
Copyright by: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
J.K. Small s.n. FTG
Key West, Florida, 1912