Other names: *Amaranthus retroflexus.
Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family).
Native to America.
Occurrence: It is generally a weed of disturbed areas e.g. of weedy roadsides. It is uncommon in Central Victoria.
Other similar amaranths may also occur. Powells Amaranth is distinguished from other amaranths in that the flower cluster is upright and narrow (about 1cm in diameter) and with few branches. The petals and sepals are taper to a point.
Right: A branch of Powell’s Amaranth. Pyrenees Highway, Chewton.
Lower L: Powell’s Amaranth. A garden weed. Castlemaine.