1. Family: Amaranthaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Celosia L.
      1. Celosia brevispicata C.C.Towns.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. DR Congo to Angola.

    [FZ]

    Amaranthaceae, C. C. Townsend. Flora Zambesiaca 9:1. 1988

    Habit
    Annual herb, erect, 15–30 (52) cm. tall, glabrous throughout, simple or branched from the base and/or upwards with long, widely divaricate branches; stem and branches slender and wiry, striate-sulcate.
    Leaves
    Leaves linear-filiform, 8–45 × 0.3–1 mm., rarely oblanceolate and up to 34 × 8 mm., subacute, the midrib prominent on the inferior surface.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences silvery-stramineous, of dense short spikes up to 4 cm. long and 6–9 mm. broad, terminal on the stem and branches.
    Bracts
    Bracts and bracteoles similar, deltoid-ovate, acute, c. 1.25–1.5 mm. long, shortly mucronate with the thick, yellowish, excurrent midrib.
    Tepal
    Tepals oblong-elliptic, glabrous, shortly mucronate with the excurrent midrib, basally with a narrow green vitta and a short lateral nerve on each side of the midrib, otherwise hyaline, 3–3.5 × 1.5 mm., minutely denticulate at the apical margins.
    Filaments
    Filaments with the free apex shorter than the basal cup; no intermediate teeth present.
    Pistil
    Ovary 4–6-ovulate; style c. 2 mm. long; stigma solitary, linear or very shortly bilobed.
    Fruits
    Capsule subglobose, not exserted beyond the perianth.
    Seeds
    Seeds compressed-oval, black, shiny with a prominent hilum, the testa reticulate centrally and punctate in the corners of the areolae, smoother and epunctate along the margins.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Zambia, Zaïre

    Celosia brevispicata C.C.Towns. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 38(2): 111 (1975)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
    • Launert, E. (ed.) (1988). Flora Zambesiaca 9(1): 1-179. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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