- Bachelor's button,
- Globe amaranth,
- Gomphrena weed,
- Prostrate globe amaranth,
- Soft khakiweed,
- White eye
Gomphrena celosioides Mart.
Gomphrena - Gomphos mean club refering to the flower heads. celosioides - like celosia.
G. celisioides is a perennial herb, decumbent, branched from the base. Leaves are elliptic to lanceolate shaped, hairy especially towards the apex. Roots are thickened over time. Stem is white and short. Inflorescence are spike arranged.
Can be confused with Alternanthera pungens. G. celosioides has soft flowers compare to A. pungens. Leave texture is smooth and covered with long hairs.
Cotyledons are elliptic, cirried by a short petiole.
First leaves are simple opposite and fleshy. Leaf blade is elliptic to oval shaped, base is round and apex is acute to obtuse. They are pubescent, covered with dense white-greyish hairs.
G. celosioides is a perennial herb, multi branched prostrate. It grows up to 20 cm height. Flowering from October to June.
Stem is solid, white villous.
Leaves are simple, opposite carried by a short petiole. Leaf blade is oblong or oblong-obovate, pex acute or obtuse and base is round. Leaf margin is entire, smooth texture. It is pubescent, covered by long white-grey hairs. Arqu-join veins are prominent.
Inflorescence are terminal, spike arranged. It is in cylindrical and subglobose, 5 cm long and 1.3 cm wide.
Flowers are in terminal and axillary, cylindrical white, papery and woolly.
Fruit is an achene, no pappus. It contain a single seed inside.
Seed brown and lustrous.
G. celosioides multiplies by seeds. Seeds are dispersed by human movement and transportation.
Occurs in roadsides, disturbed habitats and village.
Native to Tropical South America.
Distributed to the eastern part of South Africa.
Distributed to the entire part of KNP.
It is an invasive species, problematic in lawn, grassy areas and parking lot. It is a weak competitor.
Can be controlled by shallow cultivation.
(A Field Guide to Wild Flowers Kwazulu-Natal and Eastern Region) Pooley, E. Published by The flora publications Trust c/o Natal Herbarium botanic Gardens Road, Durban 4001.
|Soft khakiweed||English||R.P.Randall, 2002|
|Prostrate globe amaranth||English||R.P.Randall, 2002|
|Bachelor's button||English||R.P.Randall, 2002|
|Gomphrena weed||English||R.P.Randall, 2002|
|Globe amaranth||English||R.P.Randall, 2002|
|White eye||English||R.P.Randall, 2002|