1. Family: Amaranthaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Celosia L.
      1. Celosia elegantissima Hauman

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Central Tropical Africa.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Erect or scrambling herb with rather few to many long slender branches and with a horizontal, branched rootstock, from 0.6–2 m. and probably more in height.
    Stem
    Stem and branches wiry, ridged, glabrous or thinly furnished with short multicellular hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves ovate or broadly to narrowly lanceolate-ovate, ± long-acuminate; lamina of the main stem-leaves 5–13 × 2.25–5 cm., shortly cuneate to subtruncate at the base and tapering into the ± 1.5–2.5 cm. petiole; upper and branch leaves smaller, somewhat narrower, more shortly petiolate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences axillary and terminal, of simple or branched elongate thyrses, the upper forming a broad spreading panicle up to ± 25 × 26 cm., the slender axes subglabrous or thinly furnished with yellowish multicellular hairs; lateral cymose clusters of flowers few-flowered, lax with branches up to ± 2 mm. long, to rather dense and subsessile, rather distant to subapproximate, ± 4–8 mm. in diameter.
    Bracts
    Bracts and bracteoles deltoid-ovate, acuminate, 2–2.5 mm., hyaline with a pale or brownish midrib, glabrous or ± furnished with multicellular hairs.
    Perianth
    Perianth-segments oblong-elliptic, 2–3 mm., silvery-hyaline with a slightly denser, white, narrow central vitta along the single minutely percurrent midrib, and occasionally with 2–5 very faint, short lateral nerves at the base.
    Stamens
    Free portion of the (? always) magenta filaments subequalling the sheath, with no intermediate teeth.
    Stigma
    Stigmas 2–3, recurved, subequalling the ± 0.75 mm. style.
    Ovary
    Ovary (3–)5–6(–8)-ovulate.
    Fruits
    Capsule ovoid, included or slightly exserted, 2–2.25 mm.
    Seeds
    Seeds ± 1 mm., black, compressed, shining, furnished with punctate grooves which become shorter and narrower and ± concentric towards the outer edge.
    Habitat
    In forest and by rivers; 830–1820 m.
    Distribution
    T4 U2

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

    Celosia elegantissima Hauman appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. État Bruxelles 18: 105 (1946)

    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) 71, t. 3739 (1975).
    • Hauman in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 2: 22 (1951).
    • Hauman in Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de l'État a Bruxelles 18: 105 (1946)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    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