Boerhavia erecta L.

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Boerhavia erecta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from entrance gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

Boerhavia erecta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from entrance gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

Boerhavia erecta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from entrance gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

Boerhavia erecta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from entrance gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

Boerhavia erecta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from entrance gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

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Status: Introduced
Description:
Spreading annual or perennial herb. Stems prostrate, decumbent or ascending, glabrescent but with longer hairs, particularly at the nodes. Leaves ovate, often with distinct reddish brown glandular dots. Inflorescences terminal, shortly branched. Flowers usually in clusters of 2-5, white, pink, mauve or magenta. Stamens and style c. 2 mm, slightly exerted. Fruits 3-4 mm, turbinate with a flattened apex, not glandular, glabrous. See B. diffusa for comparison.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: erecta: erect (but the meaning is not clear as the plant is usually ascending or prostrate)
Habitat: A weed of disturbed places.
Altitude range: Up to 1100 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,M
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Content last updated: Saturday 14 April 2012
Literature:

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 89.

Stannard, B.L. (1988). Nyctaginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 21 - 23. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Boerhavia erecta
Flora of Malawi: Boerhavia erecta
Flora of Zambia: Boerhavia erecta
Flora of Zimbabwe: Boerhavia erecta

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Boerhavia erecta
African Plant Database: Boerhavia erecta
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Boerhavia erecta
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Boerhavia erecta
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Boerhavia erecta
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Boerhavia erecta
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Boerhavia erecta
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Boerhavia erecta
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Boerhavia erecta
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Boerhavia erecta
Ispot Southern Africa: Boerhavia erecta
JSTOR Plant Science: Boerhavia erecta
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Boerhavia erecta
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Boerhavia erecta
The Plant List (version 1.1): Boerhavia erecta
Tropicos: Boerhavia erecta


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Boerhavia erecta.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=122640, retrieved 22 November 2017

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