Spermacoce natalensis Hochst.

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Spermacoce natalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along foot path to Morumbodzi Falls.

Spermacoce natalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along foot path to Morumbodzi Falls.

Spermacoce natalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along foot path to Morumbodzi Falls.

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Synonyms: Borreria natalensis (Hochst.) S. Moore
Diodia natalensis (Hochst.) Garcia
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Erect or trailing perennial, 15-55 cm. Stems 4-ribbed, simple or sparsely branched. Leaves opposite, linear to oblong-elliptic, scabrid, glabrous except for very short hairs near the margins. Flowers in dense spherical clusters, one-sided at the nodes. Corolla white, tinged with pink; lobes triangular, densely hairy inside. Capsule almost squarish, glabrous, finely wrinkled, crowned with persistent lobes.
Derivation of specific name: natalensis: of Natal, South Africa
Habitat: In grassland, along roadsides, and as a weed of cultivation.
Altitude range: 600 - 1800 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From East Africa to South Africa. Also in Nigeria and Cameroon
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS,GI,M
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Content last updated: Saturday 5 May 2012

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 52.

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 105.

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 93.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Page 178.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 99.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Spermacoce natalensis.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=156770, retrieved 12 April 2024

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