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Prostrate Gomphrena   
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Prostrate Gomphrena
NZaturalized Herb
Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Prostrate Gomphrena, Prostrate Globe Amaranth, Coastal Globe Amaranth
Botanical name: Gomphrena serrata    Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
Synonyms: Gomphrena celosioides, Gomphrena decumbens

Prostrate Globe Amaranth is a perennial or annual herb, 10-100 cm long, with fibrous roots. Stems prostrate or bending. Green, obovate to oblong, stalkless leaves are 1.5-7.5 × 0.5-2.5 cm, apex rounded or obtuse. Inflorescences are white flower-heads tinged with pink or red, spherical to short-cylindric, 1-1.3 cm across. Bracts have toothed crests. Flowers: tube densely hairy; petals white, narrowly oblong, 4-5 mm, apex attenuate. Seeds 1.2 mm. Flowering year-round. Found wild in lawns, roadsides, sandy open areas. Native to Americas, but naturalized in India.
Photographed in Alibag, Maharashtra.
Identification credit: Pravin Kawale