Amaranthus thunbergii

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Taxonavigation: Caryophyllales 
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales

Familia: Amaranthaceae s.l.
Cladus: Amaranthaceae s.str.
Subfamilia: Amaranthoideae
Genus: Amaranthus
Species: Amaranthus thunbergii


Amaranthus thunbergii Moq., Prodr. [A. P. de Candolle] 13(2): 262 (1849)

  • Type locality: South Africa, Cape of Good Hope.
  • Syntype: Thunberg herb Hook.
  • Syntype: South Africa: In sol. argillaceo Zitzikammae. 1839-03, Krauss, C.F.F. v. #s.n. Isosyntype: M0241407.


  • Replaced synonym
    • Amaranthus albus Thunb., Fl. Cap. (Thunberg, ed. 2) 215. (1823), nom. illeg. (later homonym of Amaranthus albus L.)


Native distribution areas:
  • Africa
    • West-Central Tropical Africa
      • Zaïre
    • Northeast Tropical Africa
      • Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia
    • East Tropical Africa
      • Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
    • South Tropical Africa
      • Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
    • Southern Africa
      • Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland

Introduced into: Germany, South Carolina, St.Helena.

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition


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Vernacular names[edit]

Afrikaans: Rooimisbredie
English: Thunberg's Amaranth