Spermacoce princeae (K.Schum.) Verdc.
var. princeae

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Spermacoce princeae var. princeae

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Spermacoce princeae var. princeae

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Spermacoce princeae var. princeae

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Spermacoce princeae var. princeae

Picture: Bart Wursten
At junction of Thazima-Kaperekezi rd and Chelinda rd, Nyika National Park

Spermacoce princeae var. princeae

Picture: Bart Wursten
At junction of Thazima-Kaperekezi rd and Chelinda rd, Nyika National Park

Spermacoce princeae var. princeae

Picture: Bart Wursten
At junction of Thazima-Kaperekezi rd and Chelinda rd, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Borreria princeae K. Schum.
Diodia stipulosa S. Moore
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Scrambling or decumbent, much branched perennial herb, 0.3–1.5 m long; stems often dark crimson, square, sparsely to densely hairy on the angles. Leaves subsessile, elliptic to ovate, 1.2–7 cm long, hairless or with sparse hairs beneath on the margins; venation much impressed. Stipules with base 4–6 mm long, hairy at least above, with 5–9 fimbriae 7–8.5 mm long. Flowers in dense few- to many-flowered axillary clusters at most nodes; bracts like stipules with fimbriae 6 mm. long. Calyx tube 1.2–3 mm long; lobes 4, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, with pubescent margins. Corolla white, sometimes pinkish tinged; tube 5–10.5 mm long, cylindrical or narrowly funnel-shaped; lobes oblong or elliptic, 3-6 mm long. Capsule oblong-ellipsoid, 5–6 mm long, valves opening widely, finely transversely wrinkled, hairless or finely pubescent, crowned with the persistent calyx lobes.
Type location:
Tanzania
Notes: This species is very similar to Diodia sarmentosa. That species generally is a less robust plant with smaller flowers and occurring at lower altitudes in more moist and shaded habitats.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Riverine forest and evergreen forest margins, disturbed vegetation and roadsides.
Altitude range: 1350 - 2250 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Cameroon, DRC, Burundi, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Mc,C
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Literature:

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. (Includes a picture).

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 179.

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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 princeae var. princeae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=189950, retrieved 20 June 2021

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