Celosia trigyna L.

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Celosia trigyna

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Celosia trigyna

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hot Springs, Save Valley

Celosia trigyna

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Celosia trigyna

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr foot of Valley of the Kings, nr main rd

Celosia trigyna

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr foot of Valley of the Kings, nr main rd

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Synonyms: Celosia digyna Suess.
Common names: Silver spinach (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Erect annual herb with simple or branched stems, reaching up to 1 m but often much smaller. Unusual crescent-shaped stipule-like leaves are borne on the stem (at least when young) as well as the ordinary leaves.
Notes: Young leaves and shoots are cooked as a vegetable but they need to be cooked for a long time and are mostly mixed with other foods to disguise the bitter taste.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: A weed in cultivated and disturbed places, in grassland and woodland and on rocky ground where it is often small and depauperate (see photo). It also occurs along water courses where it may be semi-aquatic.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2000 m
Flowering time:Mar - Jul
Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa, Namibia and South Africa; also Arabia and Madeira; a weed in Florida
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
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Literature:

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 336. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 22. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 21.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Celosia trigyna
Tropicos: Celosia trigyna
West African Plants database: Celosia trigyna


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Celosia trigyna.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=122060, retrieved 25 May 2016

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