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Genus: Celosia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Core Eudicots > Order: Caryophyllales > Family: Amaranthaceae > Subfamily: Amaranthoideae

About 45 species, native to the warmer regions of the world, with four species native to southern Africa, one species that is naturalised, and a further two species that are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Celosia nervosa


Celosia pandurata

Recorded from Mozambique.


Celosia schweinfurthiana

Recorded from Mozambique.


Celosia trigyna

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Celosia argentea


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Celosia cristata (Cockscomb)

Pantropical distribution. A colourful garden plant.


Celosia schweinfurthiana

Native to tropical Africa.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.

  • Meeuse, A.D.J. 1961. Notes on the genera Celosia L. and Hermbstaedtia Reichb. (Amaranthaceae) occurring in southern Africa. Kirkia 2: 144-171.


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