Infrageneric Classification of Amaranths

  • Saubhik Das


The infrageneric classification of Amaranthus is not clearly resolved due to wide range of morphological variability, large numbers of synonyms, and misapplication of names. According to the generally accepted concept, the genus comprises three subgenera – subgen. Acnida (including dioecious species), subgen. Amaranthus and subgen. Albersia. Monoecious grain amaranths are included in the subgen. Amaranthus and vegetable amaranths are included in subgen Albersia. Taxonomic delimitation in vegetable amaranths particularly those included in sect. Pyxidium of Albersia is ambiguous. Polyphyletic nature of subgen. Acnida challenges the 3-part classification of Amaranthus.


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  • Saubhik Das
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  1. 1.Department of BotanyTaki Government CollegeTakiIndia

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