Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Palmer's Amaranth - Amaranthus palmeri   S. Watson
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AuthorS. Watson
DistributionScattered locations in the lower Piedmont and upper Coastal Plain; also Catawba and Alleghany counties.

Native of Mexico; in N.A. mostly in the southern states, north to CA, UT, NE, WI, Ont., MA.
AbundanceRare to locally uncommon (near the SC border). Likely overlooked, however.
HabitatCropfields, roadsides, fields, mulched shrub bed.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting August-October.
IdentificationPalmer's Amaranth is erect and grows 1.5-5 feet tall (reportedly more). The leaves are long-stalked, the blades rhombic to elliptic. The plants are either male or female. The inflorescences are long (sometimes 1 foot long), terminal spikes that eventually curve or droop. Each flower has 5 tepals. A. tuberculatus is similar but only has 1-2 tepals.
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