Spilanthes mauritiana (Rich. ex Pers.) DC.

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Spilanthes mauritiana

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Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Spilanthes mauritiana

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Bridal Veil Falls, Chimanimani

Spilanthes mauritiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Chalet 2, Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms: Acmella mauritiana Rich. ex Pers.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Annual creeping or trailing herb, upper parts sometimes erect, up to 30 cm. Leaves opposite, ovate, up to 5 × 3 cm, 3-veined from the base, sparsely hairy on both surfaces particularly on the veins when young; margin serrate-crenate to almost entire. Capitula solitary, axillary and terminal on long peduncles, deep yellow. Ray florets usually present, 3-4 mm long, 3-toothed at the apex, yellow or rarely white.
Derivation of specific name: mauritiana: from Mauritius
Habitat: Weed in lawns and gardens in high rainfall areas; elsewhere in wet habitats such as by streams and rivers.
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa, South Africa, Swaziland and Mauritius.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 170 - 171. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 58.

Wild, H. (1967). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 1. Heliantheae. Kirkia 6(1) Pages 60 - 61.


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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: Spilanthes mauritiana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=160540, retrieved 24 October 2016

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