Kingdom: Plantae Rank: Genus Parent: Amaranthaceae Status: Valid

Common Names:

  • Amaranth, Pigweed - English, Peru


Uses: The leaves, stems, and seeds of species from this genus are edible. A species from this genus was once cultivated by the Aztec Indians as a source of grain, and it is still cultivated today for this purpose. Plants of this genus are used in herbal medicine as astrigents.