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This species is accepted, and its native range is NE. Tropical Africa to Kenya, Arabian Peninsula.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Suffrutescent herb, bushy or scandent, ± 1–4 m.
Morphology Stem
Stem and branches subterete, finely striate, glabrous or with a few very scattered multicellular hairs, for a variable length below the inflorescence with a glaucous waxy bloom.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves broadly lanceolate- to subcordate-ovate, acute or shortly acuminate, glabrous or with scattered short multicellular hairs on the lower surface, especially near the base; lamina of the leaves from the central part of the stem 2.5–8 × 1.8–4.5 cm., very shortly cuneate to truncate or subcordate at the base, with a 1.3 cm. petiole; upper and branch leaves smaller, often narrower, more shortly petiolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence of axillary simple or branched spike-like condensed thyrses ± 6–21 cm. long, formed of usually ± distant ± 1–8-flowered clusters 1–8 mm. in diameter, with a broad terminal leafless panicle up to ± 35 cm. long at the ends of the branches, formed of similar thyrses.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts and bracteoles broadly deltoid, acute, 1.25–2 mm., membranous with a dark vitta along the central nerve, ciliate with multicellular hairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth-segments elliptic-oblong, 2 mm., acute, subcucullate at the apex, 1-nerved with a dark vitta along the nerve, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Free portion of filaments much longer than the very short sheath, sinuses rounded with no intermediate teeth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Stigma
Stigmas 2–3, longer than the style
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 2–4-ovulate [6–7(–11)-ovulate in one gathering from Somalia, described as var. pluriovulata Suesseng.].
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid, included, rounded and faintly rugose-incrassate at the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ± 1 mm., compressed, black, shining, with a very fine reticulate pattern.
Habitat
In clay depressions, in deciduous bushland on rocky slopes and along banks of watercourses; 400–1060 m.
Distribution
K1 K3

Native to:

Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen

Celosia polystachya (Forssk.) C.C.Towns. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 38(2): 23 (1975)

Accepted by

  • Audru, J., Cesar, J. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1994). Les Plantes Vasculaires de la République de Djibouti. Flore Illustrée 1: 1-336. CIRAD, Départerment d'Elevage et de Médecine vétérinaire, Djibouti.
  • Brundu, G. & Camarda, I. (2013). The Flora of Chad: a checklist and brief analysis PhytoKeys 23: 1-18.
  • Collenette, S. (1999). Wildflowers of Saudi Arabia: 1-799. National commission for wildlife conservation and development (NCWCD), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Audru, J., Cesar, J. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1994). Les Plantes Vasculaires de la République de Djibouti. Flore Illustrée 1: 1-336. CIRAD, Départerment d'Elevage et de Médecine vétérinaire, Djibouti.
  • Brundu, G. & Camarda, I. (2013). The Flora of Chad: a checklist and brief analysis PhytoKeys 23: 1-18.
  • 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

  • C.C. Townsend in Hook., Ic. Pl. 38(2): 23, t. 3728 (1975).

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