Gomphrena globosa L.

Sub-Family: Not available
English Name: Bachelor's Buttons
Synonym: Amaranthoides globosus M.Gómez
Common Name: Chendumalli, Globe amaranth
Flowering & Fruiting Period: August-June
Distribution: Native of Tropical America, cultivated in the warmer region of the world
Habitat: Grown as ornamental plant
Uses: Ornamental garden plant
Key Characteristics: Annual herb, stem and branches striate or sulcate, densely clothed with appressed white hairs at least when young. Leaves broadly lanceolate to oblong or elliptic-oblong. Inflorescences sessile above the uppermost pair of leaves, usually solitary, globose or depressed-globose; bracts deltoid-ovate, 3-5 mm, mucronate with the shortly excurrent midrib; bracteoles strongly laterally compressed, navicular, mucronate with the excurrent midrib, furnished from the apex almost to the base of the dorsal surface of the midrib with a broad, irregularly dentate crest. Tepals longer, the outer more lanate and the inner less markedly indurate at the base. Staminal tube subequalling the perianth, the 5 teeth deeply bilobed with obtuse lobes subequalling the anthers.Style and stigmas together c. 2.5 mm, stigmas divergent, subequalling or slightly longer than the style.Capsule oblong-ovoid.Seeds compressed-ovoid, brown, almost smooth and shining.