Spermacoce bangweolensis (R.E. Fr.) Verdc.

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Status: Native
Prostrate or suberect clump-forming subshrub up to c. 50 cm.; stems brown, the upper parts 4-angled, bifariously pubescent with papilla-like hairs. Leaves somewhat fleshy in life, rigid when dry, 1.5–4 cm. x 1.5–2.5 mm., linear, acute at the apex, subsessile, glabrous save for short stiff marginal hairs rendering margin very scabrid; lateral nerves not visible; stipule sheath 3 mm. long, papillate-puberulous, with 1–5 setae, 0.5–6 mm. long. Flowers up to c. 20 in terminal congested clusters and at 1–3 immediately lower nodes. Calyx lobes 2,3–6 mm. long, linear, acute. Corolla pale blue, 4–7 mm. long, 3 mm. wide at the throat, narrowly funnel-shaped, glabrous; lobes 3–4 x 1–1.5 mm., triangular-oblong, acute, with very few apical hairs outside. Anthers and style exserted c. 2 mm.; stigmatic club bifid. Capsule 3 mm. long, obovoid. Seeds ± chestnut, 2.25–2.5 mm. long, oblong.
From FZ, Vol 5, Part 1, (1989) Author: B. Verdcourt
Type location:
Zambia, Bangweulu
Notes: Red data status: VU D2
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Bare soil among grass clumps
Altitude range: 1150 m (approx)
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Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N
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Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Page 174. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Spermacoce bangweolensis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=189880, retrieved 26 October 2021

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