Botanical name: Amaranthus tricolor Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
Synonyms: Amaranthus gangeticus, Amarannthus tristis, Amaranthus mangostanus
Elephant-Head Amaranth is an erect tropical annual with long-stalked leaves, growing up to 5 ft tall. The leaves, up to 5 inch long, are notched or rounded at the tips. The flowers are whitish-green or red while the seeds are very small, black or red-brown. The leaves are used as vegetable.
Medicinal uses: Plant as a whole is used as a vegetable, and believed to have medicinal properties. It is used against external inflammation and is a treatment for bladder distress.
Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
The flower labeled Elephant-Head Amaranth is ...