Micrococca mercurialis (L.) Benth.

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Micrococca mercurialis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near railway line by road to Hwange NP, Main Camp

Micrococca mercurialis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near railway line by road to Hwange NP, Main Camp

Micrococca mercurialis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near railway line by road to Hwange NP, Main Camp

Micrococca mercurialis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Micrococca mercurialis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

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Synonyms: Claoxylon mercuriale Thwaites
Mercurialis alternifolia Lam.
Tragia mercurialis L.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Erect or procumbent annual herb up to c. 50 cm tall. Leaves alternate, elliptic-ovate, 2-7 cm long, pale green, often purple-tinged, with 4-7 pairs of ascending lateral veins ending at the margin; margin scalloped. Inflorescences up to 7.5 cm long, axillary, spike-like, containing male and female flowers. Flowers greenish-yellow with a purplish disk. Fruit ovoid-subspherical, 3-lobed, up to 3 × 5.5 mm, with sparse bristly hairs, bluish-green, drying to dark purple.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In seasonally waterlogged alluvium clay in mopane woodland, low stony hills and kopjes or as a weed of disturbed ground and cultivation.
Altitude range: (metres) 365 - 1300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: More or less throughout tropical Africa. Also in Yemen, Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and N. Australia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
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Images last updated: Friday 14 May 2010
Literature:

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 176 - 177.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 58.


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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: Micrococca mercurialis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=134870, retrieved 23 July 2016

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