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This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya to E. Tanzania.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect or scrambling and straggling herb, ± 1–2.5 m.
Morphology Stem
Stem and branches ridged or subterete and striate, moderately to densely furnished with pale or brownish multicellular hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves varying from deltoid-ovate with or without broad blunt lateral lobes at the base to hastate with a narrowly oblong central lobe and broad or narrower basal lobes, acute to acuminate, sparsely furnished along the veings of both surfaces (but particularly the lower) with multicellular hairs; lamina of main stem leaves 2–5 × 1.5–3.8 cm., cuneate to subcordate at the base, ± decurrent into the slender, 0.8–2.5 cm. petiole; upper and branch leaves smaller, usually narrower, more shortly stalked.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences terminal on the stem and branches, of elongate thyrses up to ± 15 × 3 cm., formed of approximated few–many-flowered dense cymose clusters up to ± 1.5 cm. in diameter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts and bracteoles lanceolate-ovate, 4 mm., navicular, firm, straw-coloured or pale brownish with a single darker nerve, minutely denticulate above, often ± ciliate with multicellular hairs below.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth-segments narrowly oblong-elliptic, 5–6 mm., ciliate below, pinkish to white or green, in the dry state ultimately straw-coloured to brown, 5–7-nerved almost to the apex along the darker central portion.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Free portion of the filaments only ± 1/4 the length of the sheath, sinuses without or rarely with very short bluntly deltoid teeth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Stigma
Stigmas 3, reflexed, slightly shorter than the ± 0.75 mm. style.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary Ovules
Ovules numerous (15–20 or more).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid, ± 2 mm., included.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ± 1.2 mm., black, shining, compressed, with punctate furrows, the furrows narrower, more crowded and regularly concentric towards the margins.
Habitat
On sandy soil by riverside in coastal bushland and by fringes of forest and Brachystegia woodland; 3–106 m.
Distribution
K7 T3 T6 not known elsewhere

Native to:

Kenya, Tanzania

Celosia hastata Lopr. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jun 1, 2008 Festo, L. [2675], Kenya K000438610

First published in Malpighia 14: 427 (1900)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Townsend, C.C. (1985). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Amaranthaceae: 1-136.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • C.C. Townsend in Hook., Ic. Pl. 38(2): 67, t. 3738 (1975).
  • J. G. Baker & C. B. Clarke in Flora of Tropical Africa 6(1): 24 (1909).
  • Lopr. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 30: 106 (1901).
  • Lopr. in Malpighia 14: 427 (1901)
  • Peter, Flora von Deutsch-Ostafrika 2: 208 (1932).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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/
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