Common name: amaranth, purple amaranth
Botanical Name: Amaranthus retroflexus
Family name: Amaranthaceae
Location: Valley Heights, NSW
Date: 1st March 2009
Collector: John Poulakis
Habitat: A mostly monoecious erect annual or perennial herb growing up to 1m high. Prefers a well-drained fertile soil in a sunny position
Economic significance: Cultivated for its edible leaves and seed in South America. Rich in vitamins and minerals, leaves have less oxalic acid than spinach. Eaten raw or cooked. Seeds have over 18% protein, higher than corn or wheat.