Gomphrena celosioides Mart.

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Gomphrena celosioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Middle of dam wall, Cleveland Dam

Gomphrena celosioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Gomphrena celosioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Gomphrena celosioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Gomphrena celosioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

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Synonyms: Gomphrena alba Peter
Gomphrena globosa L. subsp. africana Stuchlik
Common names: Bachelor's button (English) Prostrate globe-amaranth (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Introduced
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.
Derivation of specific name: celosioides: like a Celosia, another genus in this family.
Habitat: In disturbed ground, roadsides, lawns and cultivated areas.
Altitude range: (metres) 400 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Sep - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Native of South America, but nowadays a weed of disturbed places throughout the tropics and subtropics.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 19.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 144.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 337. (Includes a picture).

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

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 16.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 20.

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

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 134 - 135. (Includes a picture).

Roodt, V. (2011). Wild flowers, Waterplants and Grasses of the Okavango Delta and Kalahari "Did You Know" nature series Struik Nature for Veronica Roodt Publications Page 26. (Includes a picture).

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

Townsend, C.C. (1988). Amaranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 130 - 132. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 36 - 37. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 31. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Gomphrena celosioides
Flora of Caprivi: Gomphrena celosioides
Flora of Malawi: Gomphrena celosioides
Flora of Mozambique: Gomphrena celosioides
Flora of Zambia: Gomphrena celosioides

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Gomphrena celosioides
African Plant Database: Gomphrena celosioides
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Gomphrena celosioides
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Gomphrena celosioides
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Gomphrena celosioides
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Gomphrena celosioides
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Gomphrena celosioides
iNaturalist: Gomphrena celosioides
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gomphrena celosioides
JSTOR Plant Science: Gomphrena celosioides
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gomphrena celosioides
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Gomphrena celosioides
Plants of the World Online: Gomphrena celosioides
Tropicos: Gomphrena celosioides
Wikipedia: Gomphrena celosioides

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Gomphrena celosioides.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=122560, retrieved 30 November 2021

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