Annual herb from a taproot; stems erect or ascending, several, glabrous to short-hairy, branching basally forming a rounded plant to 1 m tall, tending to break off at the base at maturity and then behaving as a "tumbleweed".
Alternate or opposite; leaf blades rarely over 3 cm long, rounded, diamond-shaped to egg-shaped, callous-margined, bristle-tipped, narrowing to a slender stalk.
Inflorescence of small axillary clusters; bracts rigid; tepals mainly 3; stamens 1-3.
Capsules opening along an "equator", the top coming off like a lid, 1-seeded; seeds 0.6-1.0 mm long, lens-shaped.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Amaranthus albus var. pubescens (Uline & Bray) Fernald
Amaranthus graecizans L.
Amaranthus graecizans var. pubescens Uline & Bray
Amaranthus pubescens (Uline & Bray) Rydb.