1. Family: Amaranthaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Celosia L.
      1. Celosia anthelminthica Asch.

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Much-branched scrambling or straggling, bushy herb, prostrate to erect or scandent, ± 0.3–3 m. and probably more.
    Indumentum
    Stem, branches and inflorescence-axis ridged, glabrous to rather densely furnished with multicellular brownish hairs.
    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.
    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.
    Bracts
    Bracts and bracteoles lanceolate-acuminate, 1–1.5 mm., glabrous, membranous with a brownish or yellowish midrib.
    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.
    Stamens
    Free portion of filament longer than the sheath, sinuses slightly rounded with no intermediate teeth.
    Stigma
    Stigmas 2(–3), 0.75 mm., divergent.
    Style
    Style practically absent.
    Ovary
    Ovary 2–4-ovulate, thickened above.
    Fruits
    Capsule oblong-clavate, exserted, 2–2.5 mm., the apex spongy-incrassate so that the style is frequently inserted in a definite depression.
    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

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

    Celosia anthelminthica Asch. appears in other Kew resources:

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

    Accepted by

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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): 13, t. 3726 (1975).
    • A.D.Q. Agnew, Upland Kenya Wild Flowers p. 132 (1974).
    • 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).
    • Aschers. in Schweinf., Beitr. Fl. Aeth.: 176 (1867).

    Sources

    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 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. 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