Invasive Alien Species
Species Name: Gomphrena celosioides
- Family Name:
- South America
- Erect or ascending annual herb, often branched from the base, up to 25 cm tall. Stem finely appressed white hairy, internodes between upper leaves long. Leaves opposite, shortly petioled to sub-sessile, spathulate to oblong-lanceolate, 2-4.5 x 0.5-1.3 cm. Inflorescence bisexual, in terminal, solitary, sessile heads above the top leaves, subtended by 2 bracteoles, initially globose, 1 cm in diameter, later spike- like, 4 cm long; receptacle long-white-woolly; bracts ovate, very acute 3-4 mm; bracteoles long ovate, very acute, white, 6 mm; perianth 4.5-5.5 mm long, white on a minute knob; tepals narrowly lanceolate, acute, basically long, white, woolly hairy; stamens united in a staminal tube, slightly shorter than the perianth; ovary compressed, style 0.8-1 mm long, much shorter than the staminal tube. Fruit compressed, indehiscent, 1-seeded, seed irregularly lenticulate, brown, glossy, 1.5 mm long
- Invaded Habitat:
- Grassy road sides, rail ways, upland rice fields
- Throughout Indonesia except Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi as far as known
- Well adapted to hot, dry and dusty situations at low elevations
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