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Sonoran Desert Amaranths

Annuals, robust perennials or subshrubs. Flowers mostly without a showy perianth.

Palmer's Amaranth

Amaranthus palmeri

Woolly Tidestromia

Tidestromia lanuginosa

Photo by Mike Plagens

Robust summer annual growing often as a weed in agricultural or urban settings. Small green flowers in crowded spikes. Abundant in irrigated habitats of the Sonoran Desert. Detailed Description

Photo by Stan Shebs

This image is hosted at Wikipedia. Low growing annual with silvery leaves and reddish stems appears after good summer rains. Common to abundant in the Sonoran Desert. Detailed Description

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Prostrate Pigweed

Amaranthus albus

Fringed Amaranth

Amaranthus fimbriatus

Photo by Mike Plagens

Weed of summer and fall usually growing prostrate on ground and usually in disturbed places. Flowers green in small cluster in leaf axils. May form into a tumbleweed. Common in Sonoran Desert especially near agriculture and on vacant lots in city.   Detailed Description

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Warm season annual growing after summer rains or late spring rains. Wash banks and canyons often in partial shade. Common in Sonoran Desert.   Detailed Description

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