2338.000 Gomphrena L.

Description of the genus

Perennial herb with entire, opposite leaves. Inflorescences subspherical, elongating to become cylindric, subtended (in ours) by a pair of sessile leaves. Bracts present, persistent in fruit. Flowers bisexual, each solitary in the axil of each bract. Bracteoles 2, laterally flattened, winged (in ours) along the dorsal surface of the midrib. Tepals 5, erect, free or almost so, ± lanate on the back. Stamens 5. Seeds ovoid, flattened.

Derivation of name: ancient classical name for an amaranth.

Worldwide: c. 120 species in tropical and warm America and Australia, naturalised in the Old World tropics.

Zambia: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
celosioides Mart.B,N,W,C,E,SLk,WDescription, Image
globosa L.ENDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Gomphrena:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Gomphrena
Flora of Caprivi: Gomphrena
Flora of Malawi: Gomphrena
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Gomphrena
Flora of Mozambique: Gomphrena
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Gomphrena
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Gomphrena
Flora of Zimbabwe: Gomphrena
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Gomphrena

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Gomphrena
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Gomphrena
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Gomphrena
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gomphrena
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gomphrena

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Gomphrena.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=540, retrieved 28 September 2020

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