Gomphrena celosioides Mart.

Beitr. Amarantac. 93 (1825) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Decumbent to ascending annual or perennial herb to 30 cm high; stems sparsely to densely pubescent, or glabrous. Leaves cauline, subsessile, elliptic, ovate or obovate, 1–4.5 cm long, 4–46 mm wide, glabrous to sparsely hairy on upper surface, softly woolly on lower surface. Inflorescence a globose, ovate or cylindrical spike, sessile within uppermost pair of leaves, 15–40 mm long, 10–15 mm wide, elongating to c. 4 cm long in fruit. Bracteoles ovate, equal to or slightly longer than perianth, midvein shortly crested. Perianth segments white, lanceolate, 4–6 mm long; staminal tube longer than the fruit. Flowers Dec.–Jul.

*MuF, *VRiv. Also naturalised in all mainland States. Native to South America. Occasional weed of disturbed roadsides in northern Victoria.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-05-11
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-04-18
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Amaranthaceae
genus Gomphrena
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Gomphrena celosioides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gomphrena celosioides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory