Hermbstaedtia odorata

(Burchell ex Moquin-Tandon) T. Cooke in W. H. Harvey et al.

in W. H. Harvey et al., Fl. Cap. 5(1): 407. 1910

Common names: Guineaflower
Basionyms: Celosia odorata Burchell ex Moquin-Tandon in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. 13(2): 244. 1849
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 409. Mentioned on page 407.
Stems branched distally, pubescent. Leaves scattered on stem; blade 1–2 cm × 1–1.5 mm. Inflorescences elongate spikes; bracts and bracteoles 2.5–5 mm, membranous. Flowers white or pinkish; tepals 3–5-veined at base, equal, 4–7 mm; stamens 5; ovary ovoid. Utricles enclosed by staminal tube, 3–4 mm. Seeds lenticular, ± circular in outline, 1 mm diam., glossy.

Phenology: Flowering summer.
Habitat: Manganese ore piles
Elevation: 10 m


See C. F. Reed (1961) for evidently the only known occurrence of this species in the flora.

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Lower Taxa