Celosia argentea L.

  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Amaranthaceae
  • Species : Celosia argentea
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Celosia argentea L.
  • Common name : Silverspiked Cock's Comb
  • Vernacular name : Safed Murgha, Sarwari (Hin.); Anney soppu (Kan.); Makilikkeerai, Pannaipoo, Pannaikkerai (Tam.); Gurugu aku (Tel.); Lobanga, Sirali (Ori.); Pattura (San.)
  • Key identification features : A tall (up to 1 m.) annual herb. Stem is grooved and tinged with pink. Leaves are simple, alternate and elongated. Flowers are tiny and crowded in terminal cone-shaped spikate inflorescence. Floral parts are dry, paper-like and silvery.
  • Habit : Herb
  • Flower, Fruit : August-January
  • Comments : On hills and arable lands, as a weed of cultivation. More conspicous when it is flowering after the harvest. Leaves are edible.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Throughout Eastern Ghats
  • World Distribution : Cosmopolitan, originating in Africa
  • Literature : J.L.Ellis, 1990- Flora of Nallamalais Vol. 2 ; R. S. Rao et al., 1986 - Flora of West Godavari District ; R. S. Rao and S. H. Sreeramulu, 1986 - Flora of Srikakulam District; H. O. Saxena and M. Brahmam, 1989 - The Flora of Similipal, Orissa; N.P.Singh, 1988. Flora of Eastern Karnataka; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 3; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (2). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Arun Singh R., Deepak Kumar, Raja K Swamy and Navendu Page (2016). Digital Flora of Eastern Ghats. http://easternghats.ces.iisc.ernet.in/plants.php?name=Celosia argentea. Downloaded on 15 July 2020.


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