Boerhavia repens L.

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Boerhavia repens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Boerhavia repens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Boerhavia repens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Boerhavia repens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

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Much-branched spreading prostrate annual herb, often mat-forming. Stems prostrate, puberulous or almost hairless. Leaves ovate to lanceolate, mostly less than 2.5 cm long, almost hairless, glandular. Inflorescences short, axillary and unbranched. Flowers usually in clusters of 2-6, white, pink or mauve. Stamens and style less than 1.2 mm long. Fruits 3-4 mm long, clavate to fusiform with a rounded apex, 5-ribbed, smooth, more or less hairless.
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Derivation of specific name: repens: creeping
Habitat: In dry alluvial soils.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 700 m
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Asia and Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
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Images last updated: Sunday 11 May 2008
Literature:

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 23 - 25. (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 repens.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=122650, retrieved 29 June 2016

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