Description:
A short-lived herbaceous plant growing to 1 m tall. Its leaves are light green and often have notched tips. Its tiny greenish or reddish flowers are borne in dense elongated clusters at the tips of the branches.
As A Soil Indicator:
Low calcium,, Very low phosphorous, Very high Potassium, Very high manganese. High Magnesium, High Iron, High Zinc, High Boron, High Chloride,  Little organic matter, Low soil bacteria
Life cycle:
A short-lived (annual) herbaceous plant. Flowers November to March in southern areas and April to June in northern areas
Beneficial:
Relatively palatable fodder but potentially toxicity in areas affected by high nitrates.. Grazed sparingly by stock. Can be used as a substitute for spinach. Best eaten raw, i.e. in salads. Green amaranths are eaten in Greece, India and Africa, as a leafy vegetable, and are also used medicinally for a variety of purposes.
Toxicity:
Suspected to be toxic to poultry and stock and High nitrate levels have been recorded in areas that have been artificially fertilised
Habitats:
Disturbed areas. Cultivated areas

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