• WordNet 3.6
    • n Gomphrena genus of tropical herbs or subshrubs having flowers in close heads; tropical America and Australia
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gomphrena A genus of herbs or undershrubs, of the order Amarantaceæ, including about 80 species, especially abundant in the warmer parts of America, but found also in southern Asia and Australia. The small flowers are crowded with their firm scarious-colored bracts into usually globose heads, which retain their form and color after drying. The globe-amaranth or bachelor's-buttons, G. globosa, a native of India, with round heads of a white, rose, or crimson color, is common in gardens.
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In literature:

A fine species of Gomphrena was found in the sandy bed of the river.
"Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia" by Ludwig Leichhardt
Gomphrena humilis, R. Br.
"Explorations in Australia, The Journals of John McDouall Stuart" by John McDouall Stuart

In news:

Globe amaranth (Gomphrena 'Fireworks' Joshua Siskin /Daily News).