Scientific name: Spinacia oleracia L.

Local name: Palong shak

Taxonomic position According Cronquist (1988)

Kingdom Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Subclass Caryophyllidae
Order Caryophyllales
Family Amaranthaceae
Genus Spinacia
Species S. oleracia

Botanical Description of Spinach

Habit: Annual herb

Stem: Glabrous having less branch

Leaf: Simple, alternate, petiolated

Inflorescence: Male plant elongated with spike but female axillary cluster

Flower: Usually unisexual

Fruit: a utricle

Chromosome number: 2n=12

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