Fringed Amaranth

Amaranthus fimbriatus

Fringed Amaranth

Color: Pink

Common name: Fringed Amaranth

Latin name: Amaranthus fimbriatus


Height: l0–30 cm inflorescence.

Description: Erect pink to reddish stems with many small male and female flower clusters with pink, fan-shaped fringed sepals.

Leaf: Linear to narrowly lance-shaped.

Range: Mojave Desert, Desert Mountains, Sonora Desert.

Habitat: Sandy, gravelly slopes, washes. Creosote Bush scrub, Joshua Tree woodland, Sagebrush Scrub.

Elevation: 600–1700 m.

Flowering time: Aug–Nov, after summer rains.

Photographed in September 29, 2007 in the Mojave Desert, west of Barstow, San Bernardino County, California. Common annual. Distribution outside California: to s Canada, Montana, w Texas, Baja California.

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