Amaranthus dubius is a ANNUAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in). It is frost tender. It is in leaf from April to October, in flower from July to September, and the seeds ripen. The name Amaranthus dubius was first published by Martius () without diagnosis and description, so it has to be considered invalid. Amaranthus dubius is a weedy plant widespread throughout the humid lowland tropics. It originates from tropical America, where it is common in the Caribbean.

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Amaranthus dubiusthe red spinachChinese spinachsimplified Chinese: It belongs to the economically important family Amaranthaceae. In Tamil Nadu India the plant is known as “Araikeerai”.

In general ‘Keerai’ means ‘greens’ in Tamil. In Telugu it is called ‘yerra thotakura’. It has both green and red varieties, as well as some with mixed colors.


The green variety is practically indistinguishable from Amaranthus viridis. It flowers from summer to fall in the tropics, but can flower throughout the year in subtropical conditions.

It is a ruderal species, usually found subius waste places or disturbed habitats. Amaranthus dubius is considered to be a morphologically deviant allopolyploid. It is very close genetically to Amaranthus spinosus and other Amaranthus species. Duius species is valued as a leafy vegetable throughout South and Southeast Asia [1] and also in Africa.

Amaranthus dubius Mart. ex Thell., – Overview

It may be eaten raw in thoran or cooked in curry [3] and bhajis. In the Bantu-speaking regions of Uganda it is known as Doodo [5] and is commonly cut very finely and cooked with onions and tomatoes or sometimes mixed with a peanut sauce.

It is used as an herbal remedy in traditional African medicine. In natural Medicine, it is used along with garlic, ginger, and cumin amaranyhus cure gastric problems.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other leaf vegetables known as ‘Chinese spinach’, see Chinese spinach disambiguation.

Amaranthus dubius (spleen amaranth): Go Botany

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