8471.000 Spermacoce L.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs or small subshrubs. Stems often 4-angled. Leaves opposite or in false whorls. Stipular sheath present, divided into 1-many fimbriae. Flowers bisexual, usually in axillary many flowered clusters (which may run together to form a spike-like inflorescence); less often in terminal capitula. Flowers frequently intermixed with numerous ± scarious, filiform bracteoles. Calyx lobes 2-4(-8). Corolla funnel-shaped or salver-shaped; lobes (3-)4. Stamens 4, anthers usually exserted. Ovary 2-locular. Fruit usually a 2-valved capsule.

Worldwide: c. 150 - 250 species, mainly America, but also widespread in the tropics and subtropics

Mozambique: 14 taxa.

Spermacoce natalensis

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
arvensis (Hiern) GoodN
chaetocephala DC.N,TDescription, Image
dibrachiata Oliv.N,Z,T,MSDescription, Image
kirkii (Hiern) Verdc.[End]MS,GI
latituba (K. Schum.) Verdc.N
natalensis Hochst.Z,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
princeae (K. Schum.) Verdc. var. pubescens (Hepper) Verdc.N
pusilla Wall.N,Z,T,MSDescription, Image
radiata (DC.) HiernN
schlechteri K. Schum. ex Verdc.[NrEnd?]N,Z,MS,GI
senensis (Klotzsch) HiernN,Z,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
sphaerostigma (A. Rich.) VatkeN,Z,TDescription, Image
subvulgata (K. Schum.) Garcia var. quadrisepala Verdc.T,MS
subvulgata (K. Schum.) Garcia var. subvulgata N,Z,MSDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Spermacoce:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Spermacoce
Flora of Caprivi: Spermacoce
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Spermacoce
Flora of Malawi: Spermacoce
Flora of Zambia: Spermacoce
Flora of Zimbabwe: Spermacoce

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Spermacoce
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Spermacoce
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Spermacoce
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Spermacoce
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Spermacoce
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Spermacoce
JSTOR Plant Science: Spermacoce
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Spermacoce
Plants of the World Online: Spermacoce
Tropicos: Spermacoce
Wikipedia: Spermacoce

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Spermacoce.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1423, retrieved 4 December 2023

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