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  Amaranthus blitum var. oleracea
 
  Family: AMARANTHACEAE
  Citation:  Amaranthus blitum L. var. oleracea (L.) Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 721. 1885; Subram., Fl. Thenmala Div. 296. 1995. Amaranthus oleraceus L., Sp. Pl. (ed. 2) 1403. 1763.
  Malayalam Name(s): Cheera
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s):
  Description: A tall, erect, succulent herbs, stem stout, pale, grooved and striate, glabrous. Leaves alternate, 3-11 x 1.5-5 cm, ovate, obtuse, notched at the tip, glabrous, base cuneate; main nerves slender, prominent beneath; petioles 2.5-6 cm long. Flowers in axillary clusters and in terminal, simple and branched spikes; bracteoles shorter than the tepals. Perianth 1.5 mm long; tepals 3, linear-oblong, obtuse or acute. Fruit an utricle, 2.5 mm long, broadly ovate, acute, indehiscent; styles 3, very short; seed 1.5 mm across, lenticular, smooth, shining, brown-black.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: March-June
  District(s): Kollam, Idukki, Malappuram
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Wastelands
  Distribution: India and Sri Lanka
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: Yes
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Ottakkal
   
 
   
 
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