Celosia trigyna

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Celosia
Species: C. trigyna
Binomial name
Celosia trigyna

Celosia trigyna is a plant species commonly known as woolflower for its curious flowers.


Celosia trigyna may grow up to 1 m (3 feet) in height and is considered a weed in some regions of the world where it is introduced. It can be grown from seed.


During drought, woolflower has been used as a source of food. The leaves are boiled like cabbage, and is known as torchata.

It is also eaten as a vegetable in Africa.[1]


  1. ^ Grubben, G.J.H. & Denton, O.A. (2004) Plant Resources of Tropical Africa 2. Vegetables. PROTA Foundation, Wageningen; Backhuys, Leiden; CTA, Wageningen.

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