Gomphrena nitida


Rep. U.S. Geogr. Surv., Wheeler, 233. 1879.

Common names: Pearly globe-amaranth
Synonyms: Gomphrena globosa var. albiflora Moquin-Tandon
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 453. Mentioned on page 451.

Plants annual, not cespitose, 2–7 dm; roots fibrous. Stems usually erect, pilose or strigose. Leaves sessile or petiolate; petiole to 0.7 cm; blade green, obovate or oblong, 1.5–6 × 0.4–2.5 cm, apex obtuse or acute, pilose. Inflorescences: heads yellowish white or rarely reddish, subglobose, 12–16 mm diam.; bractlets with laciniate crests. Flowers: tube lanate; perianth lobes white, linear, 4.1 mm, hyaline, apex attenuate. Utricles ovoid, 1.5 mm, apex truncate. Seeds 1.5 mm.

Phenology: Flowering late summer–fall.
Habitat: Moist ground, bottomlands, canyons, rocky open slopes
Elevation: 500-2000 m


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Ariz., N.Mex., Tex., Mexico.


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