Spermacoce pusilla Wall.

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Spermacoce pusilla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Val D'Or

Spermacoce pusilla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Val D'Or

Spermacoce pusilla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Val D'Or

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Synonyms: Borreria pusilla (Wall.) DC.
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect or ascending annual herb, 10-60 cm tall. Leaves opposite, appearing falsely whorled, linear lanceolate, minutely scabrid above, hairless beneath. Flowers in dense, compact clusters at the nodes. Corolla white or pink. Capsule 1.5 mm long, ellipsoid, hairless or sparsely pubescent.
Derivation of specific name: pusilla: insignificant, small, weak
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland, seasonally damp grassland, roadsides and cleared ground, usually on sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, Madagascar, tropical Asia to Japan and Philippines.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Images last updated: Tuesday 9 December 2008


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West African Plants database: Spermacoce pusilla

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: Spermacoce pusilla.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=156780, retrieved 24 May 2016

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