Deeringia amaranthoides (Amaranthaceae) Deeringia

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Deeringia Deeringia amaranthoides is a scrambler 2–6 m high with long arching branches. It is found from the western Himalayas east across southern China, down through south-east Asia and Indonesia, across New Guinea to parts of Australia.

It’s in the family Amaranthaceae. The genus Deeringia is named after Dr George Deering who wrote about plants in Nottinghamshire in the 18th century. The species name amaranthoides is because the flowers look like other Amaranths some of which are weeds in Enoggera catchment.

Flowers all year but mostly December–July; fruits all year but mostly January–August. Usually grows in or on the edges of rainforest, vine thickets, scrubs and monsoon forests on various soils. Fruit 3–6 mm wide, a rich red to purple.

Long arching branches are somewhat limp PHOTO Anne Jones

Rich red fruit of Deeringia at Walton Bridge Reserve January 2024 PHOTO Mark Crocker