Gomphrena globosa

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Globe amaranth
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"Purple Globe Amaranth"
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Gomphrena
Species: G. globosa
Binomial name
Gomphrena globosa

Gomphrena globosa, commonly known as globe amaranth or bachelor button, is an annual plant that grows up to 24 inches in height. The true species has magenta bracts, and cultivars have colors such as purple, red, white, pink, and lilac.

Its native range is in Brazil, Panama and Guatemala.


In Hawaii, it is commonly used in long-lasting leis since it retains its shape and color after drying. In Nepal the flower is used to make a garland for Brother's Day. The garland is put around the brother's neck by their sister for protection. In Trinidad, the flowers are boiled to make a tea which is used for baby gripe, oliguria, cough and diabetes; cooling.[1]

Flower of G. globosa

Names in other languages[edit]

  • Bengali - botam phul (বোতাম ফুল)
  • Chinese - 千日红
  • Hawaiian Pidgin - bozu
  • Hawaiian - lehua pepa, lehua moa loa[2]
  • Tamil - வாடாமல்லி (Vaadaamalli)
  • Malayalam - “രക്തമല്ലിക (rakthamallika” / “വാടാമല്ലി (vaaDaamalli)”
  • Kannada - “ummigonde”
  • Maldivian - Gullalaa / Gul-alaa
  • Sanskrit - “रक्तमल्लिका (rakthamallika”
  • Hindi - “रक्तमल्लिका (rakthamallika”
  • Japanese - 千日紅 Sennichikou
  • Khmer - phka tumhu (ផ្កាទុំហ៊ូ)
  • Nepali - 'makhamali मखमली '
  • Nepal Bhasa - gway swan ग्वय स्वां
  • Lao language - dork saam pii (ດອກສາມປີ)
  • Kashmiri - Gundi
  • European Portuguese - perpétua roxa
  • Thai - baan mai ruu rooy (บานไม่รู้โรย)
  • Vietnamese - Cúc bách nhật, bông nở ngày
  • Dutch/Suriname - Stanvaste

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mendes, John (1986). Cote ce Cote la: Trinidad & Tobago Dictionary. Arima, Trinidad. p. 7. 
  2. ^ Globe amaranth, bozu, lehua moa loa, lehua pepa (Amaranthaceae)

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