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Common name

English: New zealand spinach

German: Neuseelandspinat

Mandarin: 番杏 (fan xing)

Portuguese: Espinafre de Nova Zelândia


Kingdom: Plantae (2674)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2588)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2181)

      Order: Caryophyllales (113)

        Family: Aizoaceae (9)(family description)

          Genus: Tetragonia (1)

            Epithet: tetragonioides (Pallas) Kuntze (1)

Synonyms: Demidovia tetragonoides Pall., Tetragonia expansa Murr.

expansa => expanded, stretched out, spread out

tetragonioides => tetra, four and gonia, angle, referring to the 4-angled fruits

tetragonoides => four-angled


Climate: sub-tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: green

External links

Check for Tetragonia tetragonioides at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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