Gomphrena globosa


Sp. Pl. 1: 224. 1753.

Common names: Common globe-amaranth
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 453. Mentioned on page 405, 451.

Plants annual, not cespitose, 3–10 dm; roots fibrous. Stems erect, pilose-strigose. Leaves: petiole 0.5-2 cm; blade green, oblong to ovate, 2–10 × 0.5–5 cm, apex acute, villous. Inflorescences: heads white, yellow, red, or purple, globose, 20–28 mm diam.; bractlets crested along keel. Flowers: tube densely lanate; perianth lobes white to pink, lance-subulate, 4.4–5.2 mm, chartaceous, apex acuminate. Utricles oblong, 2 mm, apex acute. Seeds 1.5 mm.

Phenology: Flowering summer–fall.
Habitat: Waste grounds
Elevation: 10-500 m


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Introduced; La., N.J., N.Y., Pa., S.C., Tex., Va., native of s Asia, widely escaped from cultivation.


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Lower Taxa