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Redroot (Amaranthus)

Commonly known as redroot (Amaranthus powellii) is the most often seen of the Amaranthus weeds in New Zealand. Able to grow very quickly up to 1 metre high, redroot is a seriously competitive weed in crops, including fodder beet.

Redroot Amaranthus

COTYLEDONS:

Apex slightly pointed

Base tapered, stalked

LEAVES:

Oval to rhombic, notched at tip

Reddish stem


Mature plants grow erect and upright to a 1 metre high but in challenging conditions, plants up to 5 cm will still flower. Leaves are oval narrowing at the tip with the base narrowing to the stalk.

The leaves are hairy on the underside. Has a reddish stem at the base with less branching as it gets taller. Produces numerous green flowers as inflorescences.

Redroot

For Fodder Beet

For Vegetables