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Amaranthus viridis L.
Slender amaranth

Amaranthus viridis
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Family: Amaranthaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Annual

Native Range: The West Indies, Central America and South America; scattered in North America, Mexico and the Old World, where perhaps introduced.

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SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

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FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

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Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks and disturbed sites in the lower Keys and lower sandy Keys. Sparingly naturalized in the Florida Keys.  

Synoyms: A. gracilis.

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Amaranthus viridis has been reported from the following 7 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Bahia Honda State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section Present Not Native, Naturalized
Blue Heron Hammock, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dove Creek Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dry Tortugas National Park Presumed Extirpated Not Native, Naturalized




Amaranthus viridis has been reported for the following habitat in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland


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Amaranthus viridis
Copyright by: Shirley Denton