Spermacoce dibrachiata Oliv.

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Spermacoce dibrachiata

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Near Fields' Cottage, Ezulwini, nr Mt Rukotso

Spermacoce dibrachiata

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Cleveland Dam, Harare

Spermacoce dibrachiata

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Christon Bank, across the stream

Spermacoce dibrachiata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, across the stream

Spermacoce dibrachiata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, across the stream

Spermacoce dibrachiata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from Small Bridge to Penhalonga

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Synonyms: Borreria dibrachiata (Oliv.) K. Schum.
Pentas involucrata Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Annual, sometimes perennial herb up to 90 cm; stems and leaves thick and somewhat fleshy, covered with long stiff hairs. Flowers in dense apical heads, Mauve-blue, purple, rarely white.
Derivation of specific name: dibrachiata: two-armed, possibly referring to the 2-lobed stigma.
Habitat: A species of grassland and Brachystegia woodland, especially in clearings.
Altitude range: 90 - 2100 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 106 - 107. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 252.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 104.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 74.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 92.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 169.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 185 - 186. (Includes a picture).

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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: Species information: Spermacoce dibrachiata.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=156740, retrieved 24 March 2023

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