Amaranthus retroflexus, amaranth
Annual that grows 30-150 cm. Stem is red and usually hairy with many branches. Leaves are oval and alternate. Flowers greenish and grow in dense bracts. Fruit is a small, shiny, black seed.
Only during drought conditions, unpalatable. Can be incorporated into hay.
Leaves and stems.
Tremors, lack of coordination, abortion of fetus in pregnant mares, knuckling of fetlock joints, coma, death.
Contains oxalates and nitrates which increase potassium levels, and cause kidney failure. Can be fatal.
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