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Amaranthus spinosus

Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany

B and T World Seeds' Botanical Glossary

B and T World Seeds' reference number: 21356

The average, annual, minimum temperature zone where Amaranthus spinosus is cold hardy
USDA Zone:10 30° to 40°F   (-1° to +4.5°C)
Type of plant - annual
Flower or inflorescence: GREEN to RED-PURPLE, 15x1cm. infl.
Foliage: -10cm. narr. ovate-rhomb., glab-pilose
Height, in meters: 1.5
Height, in feet: 4.95
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Common names for Amaranthus spinosus:

Bajem Doeri,  Bledo Espinoso,  Ci xian,  Dorniger Fuchsschwanz,  Edlebur,  Epinard cochon,  Epinard malabre,  Espinaca de Malabar,  Kanak Pukul Lendir,  Kantabhaji,  Katemath,  Malabarspinat,  Parietaire a piquante,  Pigweed,  Prickly Amaranth,  Spiny Amaranth,  Spiny Pigweed,  Thorny Amaranth,  Thorny Pigweed, 

Amaranthus spinosus is included in the following
B and T World Seeds flowering plant categories.

32:   Ghanaian Native and Introduced Plants
34:   Oriental Herb and Vegetable Seed List
Not all Oriental Herbs are Culinary, or even edible. Be sure to correctly identify and prepare all herbs and vegetables before use.
36:   Herb Seed List Culinary Medicinal Dye and Aromatic
Not all medicinal, dye or aromatic plants are edible, some are toxic if eaten and others are dangerous if applied to the skin. Please check uses for plants.
41:   Malaysian Native and Introduced Plants
53:   Bedding Plant Seed List
106:   Central Asian Native Plant Seed List
113:   East African Native Plant Seed List
115:   West African Native Plant Seed List
161:   Edible Flowers
Some flowers are poisonous if not cooked. Some are only edible while in bud. Identify and correctly prepare all flowers before eating. Do not eat flowers that have been sprayed with weedkiller or other chemicals.
216:  Amaranthaceae
719:   North American Native Ethnobotanicals
Including medicinal, dye, fiber, food, construction, ritual

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Germination guide for Amaranthus spinosus

These notes are a general guide, it is recommended to check specialist literature for some of the more unusual seeds in our lists.
Seed Germination Theory and Practice by Professor Norman C. Deno
Some knowledge about growing from seed is necessary to germinate even the easiest seeds. Most seeds require humidity to germinate, even desert plants like Welwitschia mirabilis require that their growing medium remains moist until germination.

Most seeds require oxygen to germinate, if buried too deep in their growing medium, or if the medium is too wet, the seeds may not get the oxygen they require.
Some seeds need to be in the light (surface sown) or in the dark (sown deep enough to receive little or no light) to germinate. A rule of thumb is to cover the seeds their own width deep in the growing medium, but some seeds prefer to be sown much deeper, and some fairly large seeds like to be surface sown (or higher).
Many seeds germinate best at certain temperatures, some will germinate at a comparatively wide range of temperatures, yet others need fluctuating temperatures.
Almost all seeds are waiting in a dormant state for some outside stimulus to break their dormancy, some just need sufficiently high ambiant humidity, others need scarification, vernalization or to be passed through the intestines of an animal.

Amaranthus spinosus seeds will usually germinate in 10-15 days.
Sow Amaranthus spinosus seeds about 2mm deep in a Peaty seed sowing mix at about 22°C.

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