Amaranthaceae / (Amaranth Family)
This family comprises 70 genera and around 800 species. The name comes from the Greek root which means unfading or long lasting and probably refers to the quality of the sepals and petals. In tropical regions amaranths are used as important food crops, especially in high elevations.
racemes or spikes with membranous bracts under small often unnoticeable flowers. The shiny black seeds are usually in dry one seeded non-splitting fruits (utricle).