35. Wal rajapohottu

• Common Name : Wal rajapohottu

• Scientific Name : Celosia aseatica

• Family : Amaranthaceae

• Life cycle : Annual

• Place of collected : Faculty field, Puliyankulama, Anuradhapura

• Date of collected : 2009.08.03

• Morphological characters : Stem – Tender herb with prostrate stem. Hairy.

Roots – Mainly taproot and fibrous roots.

Leaves – Small, opposite, ovate leaves. Hairy.

Flowers – White in color. Occur at the apex of each and every branch.

• Propagation : By Seeds.

• Agricultural importance : It competes for sunlight, moisture, and besides soil nutrients with crops.

• Uses : For decoration purposes.

• Control measures : Hand weeding and mechanical weeding. Chemical control – Atrazine.