Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Amaranthaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)

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Amaranthus spinosus L.

Leaf arrangement

Alternate Spiral

Leaf Type


Leaf Shape

Elliptic, Rhomboid, Obovate

Leaf Apex

Leaf Base


Leaf Margin


Habit : An armed erect herb.

Habitat and Distribution : Abundant near village wastelands, as a weed of cultivation, colonizer on new roads. Plains from the coast to 1500m. Cosmopolitan in the warmer regions of the world, presumed of American origin, in temperate regions.

Indigenous Information : Leaves are cooked and eaten.

Field Tips : Stem reddish and hard, spines axillary.


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  1. Dear Sir;
    I know Mullu Keerai.I am living in Tamil Nadu.
    Two kinds of Mullu keerai available in Tamilnadu.
    1.Stem Greenish
    2.Stem Reddish

    Please explain Medicinal uses of Mullu Keerai.

    Comment by Luben Kumar — December 22, 2010 @ 9:37 am

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English : Prickly Amaranth
Irula : Mullu keerai
Tamil : Mullu keerai
Hindi : Kanta nutiya
Malayalam : Mullen cheera


In terminal panicles or aggregated, green. Flowering from December-April.

Fruit :

An utricle, circumscissile.

All from Amaranthaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)