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New Zealand spinach,succulent annual (Tetragonia expansa) of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and S South America, grown for the edible leaves. The plant grows prostrate, often spreading to cover several feet. It is cooked like spinach. It is in the same family as the ice plantice plant,
low, fleshy plant (Cryophytum crystalinum) of warm, dry, barren regions. It is cultivated chiefly as a curiosity because of its leaves, densely coated with small, glistening, bladder-shaped hairs. The ice plant and many other related herbs (e.g.
..... Click the link for more information. . New Zealand spinach is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
..... Click the link for more information. , class Magnoliopsida, order Caryophyllales, family Aizoaceae.
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new zealand spinach
Very popular in Australia, but spread worldwide. Wild spinach-type plant that’s actually served in fancy restaurants. Thick, triangularshaped leaves covered top and bottom in what appears to be tiny crystals or drops of water. Yellow flowers, small hard horny fruit pod. Used just like spinach, also contains oxalates.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
New Zealand Spinach
(Tetragonia tetragonoides, formerly T. expansa), a vegetable of the Aizoaceae family. It is raised as an annual crop for its fleshy leaves, which are rich in vitamin C.
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