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Amaranthus spinosus

Spiny amaranth Bayam duri Amaranthaceae


Amaranthus spinosus, Spiny amaranth, Amaranthaceae, Bayam duri	Annual growing to 0.6m, and is frost tender. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Wind. The plant is self-fertile.
Edible Uses
Leaves; Seed.
Leaves and stems - raw or cooked as a spinach
Seed - cooked. Very small but easy to harvest and very nutritious. The seed can be cooked whole, and becomes very gelatinous like this.
Medicinal Uses:The seed is used as a poultice for broken bones.
The plant is astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, emollient and febrifuge. It is used internally in the treatment of internal bleeding, diarrhoea and excessive menstruation.]. It is also used in the treatment of snake bites. Externally, it is used to treat ulcerated mouths, vaginal discharges, nosebleeds and wounds. The plant can be used fresh or it can also be harvested when coming into flower and dried for later use.
The root is emmenagogue and galactogogue. It is used in the treatment of menorrhagia, gonorrhoea, eczema and colic.