Boerhavia coccinea Mill.

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Boerhavia coccinea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Mubvee (Hippo) Lodge, Mana Pools National Park

Boerhavia coccinea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Mubvee (Hippo) Lodge, Mana Pools National Park

Boerhavia coccinea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Mubvee (Hippo) Lodge, Mana Pools National Park

Boerhavia coccinea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Mubvee (Hippo) Lodge, Mana Pools National Park

Boerhavia coccinea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mutirikwi Bridge near Triangle.

Boerhavia coccinea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mutirikwi Bridge near Triangle.

Boerhavia coccinea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mutirikwi Bridge near Triangle.

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Synonyms: Boerhavia bracteata Cooke
Boerhavia diffusa L. var. hirsuta Heimerl.
Boerhavia diffusa L.. var. viscosa (Lag. & Rodr.) Heimerl.
Boerhavia viscosa Lag. & Rodr.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Probably introduced
Description:
Annual or perennial herb. Stems spreading prostrate or ascending up to several meters long, more or less densely glandular pubescent and sticky. Leaves ovate, elliptic or almost circular, up to 5.5 × 5 cm, glandular pubescent on the veins or mostly hairless except for longer hairs along the veins and margins; petiole up to 4 cm long, glandular pubescent. Inflorescences terminal and axillary, sometimes branched, fairly short and dense to fairly lax. Flowers in clusters of 3-many, white, pink, magenta or mauve. Stamens and style up to 4.5 mm long, exserted. Fruits 3-4 mm long, clavate-fusiform with a rounded apex, 5-ribbed, smooth, usually glandular pubescent.
Notes: - The ovaries in the photographed specimen are just developing into fruit and do not have the typical clavate-fusiform shape yet.
- The density, length and branching of the inflorescences is quite variable with some specimens, as in the photographs, resembling Boerhavia repens. Others, with longer, branched inflorescences can be confused with Boerhavia diffusa, which may explain some of the synonymy.
Derivation of specific name: coccinea: scarlet
Habitat: A weed in a wide variety of disturbed soils and habitats.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 800 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Friday 20 February 2015
Literature:

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 178. (Includes a picture).

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 64.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 81.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 84. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 89.

Stannard, B.L. (1988). Nyctaginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 22 - 24. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Boerhavia coccinea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=122620, retrieved 26 July 2016

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