Amaranthus cruentus L. (= Amaranthus paniculatus L.)

DeFilipps, Robert A. & Krupnick, Gary A., 2018, The medicinal plants of Myanmar, PhytoKeys 102, pp. 1-341: 3

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Amaranthus cruentus L. (= Amaranthus paniculatus L.)


Amaranthus cruentus L. (= Amaranthus paniculatus L.) 


Myanmar: hin-nu-nwe. English: prince’s feather, purple amaranthus, red amaranthus, spiny amaranthus.


Original habitat is obscure, probably tropical America. Thought to have originated from A. hybridus  (most probably in cultivation in Central America); also found in North and South America. As a spontaneous weed it occurs in Asia eastward from Malaya (Indonesia, New Guinea, the Philippines, etc.) and in tropical Africa. It is found throughout the warmer regions of the word as an ornamental, and in some regions it is grown as a grain crop. Reported from Myanmar.


Leaf, Seed: Used as laxative, blood purifier, diuretic, and soporific.


In India the root of the species is used for dropsy ( Jain and DeFilipps 1991).


Nordal (1963).