New York Natural Heritage Program
Seabeach Amaranth
Amaranthus pumilus Raf.
Dicots
Stephen M. Young
Family: Amaranth Family (Amaranthaceae)

State Protection: Threatened
listed species are those with: 1) 6 to fewer than 20 extant sites, or 2) 1,000 to fewer than 3,000 individuals, or 3) restricted to not less than 4 or more than 7 U.S.G.S. 7 minute topographical maps, or 4) listed as threatened by U.S. Department of Interior.

Federal Protection: Threatened
Listed as Threatened in the United States by the US Department of Interior.


State Rarity Rank: S2
A State Rarity Rank of S2 means: This plant is threatened/imperiled in New York because of rarity (typically 6-20 populations or few remaining individuals) or is vulnerable to extirpation from New York due to biological factors.

Global Rarity Rank: G2
A Global Rarity Rank of G2 means: This species is imperiled globally because of rarity (typically 6 - 20 known populations or few remaining individuals) or very vulnerable to extinction throughout its range because of other factors.


Did you know?
There was a 40-year stretch, between 1950 and 1990, when no plants were documented from the beaches on Long Island. Replenishment of the beaches and better protection of the vegetation through bird fencing may have permitted the species to recover.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are nine large occurrences of seabeach amaranth, usually encompassing large barrier islands. Occurrences are separated by ocean inlets or by large stretches of highly-developed beach that are inhospitable to the plants. Extensive searches of all Long Island beaches have not found additional populations.

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