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SILVER COCK’S COMB, PLUMED COCK’S COMB

(Celosia argentea, fam. Amaranthaceae)

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Erect annual or short-lived perennial herb 0.4-2m tall with single or many branches. Stem and branches strongly ridged.
Form or habit: Herb
Latex:Absent
Leaf:Simple Opposite

Opposite, simple, oblong-lanceolate to narrowly linear, conspicuously veined, 20-150 x 1-32mm, tapered into indistinct stalk; largest at base and reducing in size above.

Flower conspicuous: Conspicuous
Flower colour: Silvery white to pink
Flower description:Silvery to pink, small somewhat papery, borne in dense many-flowered terminal plumes, 25-200 x 15 -22mm on long stems.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour:
Fruit: Dry
Fruit description: Numerous small indehiscent, one-seeded fruits.
Habitat:
Distribution:
Food source for:
Toxicity:No toxicity known
Origin:Possibly Asia, spreading to Africa and South America
Weed:Yes
Weed status:Environmental/garden escapee
Notes:Spread by: Seeds in contaminated builders mix, road base and potentially garden waste. Invades: Roadsides, bike-ways, building sites
Notes: Garden escapee; many cultivars are available in the nursery trade. A relatively ‘new’ weed
within this region. It is already widely spread in the Whitsundays where it appears to have originated from contaminated construction mix. It has recently been seen at Slade Point and in the upper Pioneer Valley beside the Eungella Range road.
Information sources: Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2011) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region.

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