Invasive Alien Species
Species Name: Celosia argentea
- Family Name:
- Perhaps Africa
- Annual herb, stiffly erect to 150 cm tall. Leaves rather sparse, alternate, sometimes reddish, oblong-lanceolate, 4-18 cm x 0.8-6.5 cm (highest very small). Inflorescences in dense terminal racemes, at first oval, lengthening as flowering proceeds; perianth segments 5, to 8 mm long, scarious, white with at first a pinkish tinge; stamens 5, united at the base, anther violet-pink; style persistent, at first violet-pink. Fruit membranous (utricle) finally splitting around the equatorial line. Seed lenticular, about 1.2 mm across, black, shining.
- Invaded Habitat:
- Roadsides, especially after disturbance, building sites, quarries, riverbeds, upland and gogo rancah rice fields. Also a weed in annual crops and sometimes heavily grazed pastures.
- Throughout Indonesia.
- Flowering from January to December, up to 700 m alt.
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- Henty, E.E., and G.H. Pritchard. 1973. Weeds of New Guinea and Their Control. Botany Bulletin No. 7. Division of Botany, Department of Forests, Lae, Papua New Guinea. 195 pages.
- Soerjani, M., A. J. G. H. Kostermans & Gembong Tjitrosoepomo (Eds.). 1987. Weeds of Rice in Indonesia. Balai Pustaka. Jakarta.