Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Amaranthaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)

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Celosia argentea L. var. argentea

Leaf arrangement

Alternate Spiral

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Linear, Elliptic

Leaf Apex

Acute

Leaf Base

Attenuate

Leaf Margin

Entire

Habit : An erect, glabrous profusely branched annual herb.

Habitat and Distribution : Hills, in arable lands, as a weed of cultivation, in harvested fields, less in plains. Cosmopolitan, probably originating in Africa.

Indigenous Information : Tender shoots and leaves are cooked and eaten.

Other relevent information : Flowers attract butterflies.

 

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Names:

English : Silver Spiked Cockscomb
Irula : Pannai keerai
Tamil : Makilikkeerai, Pannaipoo
Hindi : Safed murga

Flower:

In spikes, dense, cylindrical, pink turning white.

Fruit :

A capsule, globose. Seeds 12, reticulate.

All from Amaranthaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)