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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to Rwanda and N. Tanzania, S. Yemen.

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Amaranthaceae, C.C. Townsend. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1985

Morphology General Habit
Much-branched scrambling or straggling, bushy herb, prostrate to erect or scandent, ± 0.3–3 m. and probably more.
Morphology General Indumentum
Stem, branches and inflorescence-axis ridged, glabrous to rather densely furnished with multicellular brownish hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves cordate-ovate to deltoid-lanceolate, subacute to acuminate, glabrous or with scattered multicellular hairs on the veins of the lower leaf surface; lamina of leaves from central part of stem 1.5–8 × 1–5 cm., very shortly cuneate to truncate or cordate at the base, with a slender 1–4 cm. petiole; upper and branch leaves smaller, more shortly petiolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence of axillary and terminal elongate thyrses 8–40 cm. long, formed of distant few- to rather many-flowered cymose clusters which may be loose with slender branches up to ± 5 mm. long or dense and congested; clusters thus varying from ± 3–18 mm. in diameter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts and bracteoles lanceolate-acuminate, 1–1.5 mm., glabrous, membranous with a brownish or yellowish midrib.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth-segments oblong, ± 2.5 mm., concave and strongly hooded at the apex, glabrous, 1-nerved, pink, white or greenish, drying straw-coloured with a darker or greenish central vitta.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Free portion of filament longer than the sheath, sinuses slightly rounded with no intermediate teeth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Stigma
Stigmas 2(–3), 0.75 mm., divergent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style practically absent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 2–4-ovulate, thickened above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule oblong-clavate, exserted, 2–2.5 mm., the apex spongy-incrassate so that the style is frequently inserted in a definite depression.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1–1.25 mm., compressed, shining, black, ornamented with a very fine reticulate pattern which is faintest in the almost smooth centre of the seed.
Figures
Fig. 1.
Habitat
Frequently in shade, rambling over bushes in scrub or in relict forest, along streams, growing in clumps in grassland or sprawling over rocks; 500–2280 m.
Distribution
K1 K2 K3 K4 K6 K7 T1 T2 T3 U1

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen

Celosia anthelminthica Asch. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in G.Schweinfurth & auct. suc. (eds.), Beitr. Fl. Aethiop.: 176 (1867)

Accepted by

  • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Fischer, E., Rembold, K., Althof, A. & Obholzer, J. (2010). Annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Kakamega forest, Western province, Kenya Journal of East African Natural History 99: 129-226.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Miller, A.G. & Cope, T.A. (1996). Flora of the Arabian peninsula and Socotra 1: 1-586. Edinburgh university press.
  • Townsend, C.C. (1985). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Amaranthaceae: 1-136.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Miller, A.G. & Cope, T.A. (1996). Flora of the Arabian peninsula and Socotra 1: 1-586. Edinburgh university press.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • A.D.Q. Agnew, Upland Kenya Wild Flowers p. 132 (1974).
  • Aschers. in Schweinf., Beitr. Fl. Aeth.: 176 (1867).
  • C.C. Townsend in Hook., Ic. Pl. 38 (2): 13, t. 3726 (1975).
  • Cufod., Enumeratio Plantarum Aethiopiae Spermatophyta (Supplement in Bull. Jard. Bot. Brux.) p. 55 (1953).
  • Gilg in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 172 (1895).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0