Gomphrena celosioides Mart.

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Gomphrena celosioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Gomphrena celosioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Gomphrena celosioides

Photo: Petra Ballings
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Gomphrena celosioides

Photo: Petra Ballings
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Gomphrena alba Peter
Gomphrena globosa L. subsp. africana Stuchlik
Common names: Batchelor's button (English) Prostrate globe-amaranth (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Introduced
Description:
Prostrate much-branched perennial herb, often mat-forming. Leaves opposite, narrowly oblong-elliptic to oblanceolate, up to c. 6 cm long, Hairless or thinly hairy above, with long hairs below and on the margins. Inflorescences terminal, subglobose to cylindrical, up to c. 5 cm long and c. 1.3 cm wide, white.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: celosioides: like a Celosia, another genus in this family.
Habitat: In disturbed ground, roadsides, lawns and cultivated areas.
Altitude range: Up to 1600 m
Flowering time:Sep - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Native of South America, but nowadays a weed of disturbed places throughout the tropics and subtropics.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,M
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 28 November 2011
Literature:

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 48. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 23. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Gomphrena celosioides
Flora of Zambia: Gomphrena celosioides

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African Plant Database: Gomphrena celosioides
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Gomphrena celosioides
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Gomphrena celosioides
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Gomphrena celosioides
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Gomphrena celosioides
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gomphrena celosioides
Ispot Southern Africa : Gomphrena celosioides
JSTOR Plant Science: Gomphrena celosioides
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gomphrena celosioides
Tropicos: Gomphrena celosioides
West African Plants database: Gomphrena celosioides


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings, Stefaan Dondeyne and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P., Dondeyne, S. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Gomphrena celosioides.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=122560, retrieved 23 December 2014

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