1. Family: Amaranthaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Celosia L.
      1. Celosia hastata Lopr.

        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

    Habit
    Erect or scrambling and straggling herb, ± 1–2.5 m.
    Stem
    Stem and branches ridged or subterete and striate, moderately to densely furnished with pale or brownish multicellular hairs.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Stamens
    Free portion of the filaments only ± 1/4 the length of the sheath, sinuses without or rarely with very short bluntly deltoid teeth.
    Stigma
    Stigmas 3, reflexed, slightly shorter than the ± 0.75 mm. style.
    Ovules
    Ovules numerous (15–20 or more).
    Fruits
    Capsule ovoid, ± 2 mm., included.
    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

    Distribution

    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).
    • Peter, Flora von Deutsch-Ostafrika 2: 208 (1932).
    • 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)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.

    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/
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