Gomphrena globosa L.

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Gomphrena globosa

Photo: Mark Hyde
Blatherwick Road, Harare

Gomphrena globosa

Photo: Mark Hyde
Carnac Close, near the junction with Ruth Taylor Road, Gun Hill

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Common names: Globe amaranth (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Introduced
Annual herb, usually erect, to 60 cm tall. Inflorescences spherical or depressed-spherical, pinkish to deep red.
Notes: Commonly cultivated in gardens, but a not very common escape into the wild.
Derivation of specific name: globosa: from the spherical flower heads
Habitat: In cultivated lands and streamsides.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tropical America.
Zimbabwe distribution: C
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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.

Townsend, C.C. (1988). Amaranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 131 - 133.

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Flora of Malawi: Gomphrena globosa
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Gomphrena globosa
Flora of Mozambique: Gomphrena globosa
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Gomphrena globosa
Flora of Zambia: Gomphrena globosa
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Gomphrena globosa
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Gomphrena globosa

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Gomphrena globosa
African Plant Database: Gomphrena globosa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Gomphrena globosa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Gomphrena globosa
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Gomphrena globosa
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Gomphrena globosa
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JSTOR Plant Science: Gomphrena globosa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gomphrena globosa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Gomphrena globosa
Plants of the World Online: Gomphrena globosa
Tropicos: Gomphrena globosa
Wikipedia: Gomphrena globosa

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Gomphrena globosa.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=122570, retrieved 30 November 2022

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