Gomphrena celosioides (AMARANTHACEAE) Gomphrena Weed

Weeds to Whack

Gomphrena celosioides is an annual or perennial herb, sparsely branched, with white hairs, rostrate or sprawling, white flowers, prefers sandy soils. Originally from South America, it has spread rapidly. Usually a weed of lawns, parks, roadsides and disturbed areas. Not a high risk, not really a weed of riparian habitat, at least not yet.

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Flowers

Flowers in terminal and axillary cylindrical spikes around 1 cm in diameter, rachis and upper part of stems densely hairy. Seed brown and lustrous. Soft flowers unlike the similar khaki weed.
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Close-up of Leaf

Leaves are oblong-lanceolate to oblong-ovate to 5cm, smooth on top, hairy below, densely hair in leaf axils, narrowed to an indistinct petiole at the bast.
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Foliage and Flowers

Photo shows foliage and flowers.

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Flower Close-up

Photo shows close-up of a flower.

Photo: Robert Whyte