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

Zambia: 24 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
annua Verdc. [VU]Nw
arvensis (Hiern) GoodC,E,SLk
bangweolensis (R.E. Fr.) Verdc. [End][VU]NDescription, Image
chaetocephala DC.C,E,SLkDescription, Image
congensis (Bremek.) Verdc. N,WCb,N
dibrachiata Oliv.B,N,W,C,E,SNw,Cb,N,E,CDescription, Image
filifolia (Schumach. & Thonn.) J.-P. Lebrun & StorkC,SLk,SDescription, Image
huillensis (Hiern) GoodW,SCb,C,Lk,S
mauritiana Gideon WCb
natalensis Hochst.WNwDescription, Image
perennis Verdc. var. fimbriolata Verdc. [VU]N
perennis Verdc. var. perennis [VU]N
phyteumoides Verdc. var. phyteumoides Cb,N
princeae (K. Schum.) Verdc. var. pubescens (Hepper) Verdc.NN
princeae (K.Schum.) Verdc. var. mwinilungae Verdc. [DD]Nw
princeae (K.Schum.) Verdc. var. princeae W,C,ENw,Mc,CDescription, Image
pusilla Wall.B,N,W,C,E,SNw,N,E,C,Lk,WDescription, Image
quadrisulcata (Bremek.) Verdc. B,N,W,CNw,Lp,C,W
samfya Verdc. [DD]N
senensis (Klotzsch) HiernB,N,W,C,E,SCb,N,E,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
sp. B WNw
sphaerostigma (A. Rich.) VatkeN,W,C,ECb,N,C,EDescription, Image
subvulgata (K. Schum.) Garcia var. subvulgata B,N,W,C,E,SLk,WDescription, Image
thymoidea (Hiern) Verdc. Nw

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 Mozambique: 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: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Spermacoce.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1423, retrieved 20 April 2024

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