Spermacoce pusilla Wall.

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Spermacoce pusilla

Picture: Bart Wursten
Val D'Or

Spermacoce pusilla

Picture: Bart Wursten
Val D'Or

Spermacoce pusilla

Picture: Bart Wursten
Val D'Or

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Synonyms: Borreria pusilla (Wall.) DC.
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Status: Native
Erect or ascending annual herb, 10-60 cm tall. Leaves opposite, appearing falsely whorled, linear lanceolate, minutely scabrid above, hairless beneath. Flowers in dense, compact clusters at the nodes. Corolla white or pink. Capsule 1.5 mm long, ellipsoid, hairless or sparsely pubescent.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: pusilla: insignificant, small, weak
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland, seasonally damp grassland, roadsides and cleared ground, usually on sandy soils.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, Madagascar, tropical Asia to Japan and Philippines.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,E,C,Lk,W
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 255.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 33.

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.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Page 177.

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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: Species information: Spermacoce pusilla.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=156780, retrieved 22 May 2024

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