Family, Amaranth. Corolla, wanting. Sepals, 5, tipped with a point. Stamens, 5, awl-shaped. Stigmas, 2 or 3. Bracts, 3, awl-pointed, under the flowers, which are collected in dense axillary and terminal spikes. Leaves, ovate, or the upper lance-shaped, pointed, long-petioled. August to September.

Coarse, ugly annuals, growing as weeds in cultivated grounds.