Abļajtiiñ (Gomphrena globosa -Amaranthaceae)

Description: This stiff, hairy, annual herb is about 0.5 m (1.5 ft) tall at maturity. It has opposite leaves (two leaves on opposing sides of a stem) approximately 10 cm (4 in) long with a maximum width of 4 cm (1.5 in). The sphere-shaped (globose) heads of flowers vary in color from white to yellow, pink, red, purple, violet, or multicolored. The Marshallese name comes from the English "everlasting."

Distribution: This weedy plant is not native to the Marshall Islands, but was introduced from tropical America in recent times. Its English name is "globe amaranth."

Uses: Abļajtiiñ is sometimes cultivated in gardens, and because some parts of the plant, such as the flowers, retain color and shape long after drying, it is used in leis and wreaths.

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