Gomphrena celosioides

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Gomphrena celosioides Mart.
  • Synonyms : Gomphrena alba Peter
  • Common Name : Prostrate Gomphrena, Prostrate Globe Amaranth
  • Plant Family : Amaranthaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 2, 4-6, 8, 10-13, 15-19, 21-24, 26-30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Van Chetana Kendra

About Gomphrena celosioides Plant :

  • Habit : A diffuse, procumbent or suberect herbs at times trailing; main stems prostrate, woody at the base, sometimes rooting along nodes, branches radially spreading or ascending, obscurely quadrangular, grooved, villous.
  • Leaves : Opposite, eliptic, oblong, obovate-oblong or spathulate, subacute or obtuse at apex, tapering at base, entire and hairy along the margins, glabrous or nearly so above, pubescent beneath.
  • Flowers : Flowers small, white or greenish-white in terminal heads, usually falling off from below upwards leaving persistent.
  • Fruit : Utricles ovate or ovoid, compressed, truncate at apex. Seeds reddish-brown, with narrow flattened appendage on one side.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : July-March
  • Significance : Found growing wildly.