Spilanthes mauritiana (Rich. ex Pers.) DC.

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Spilanthes mauritiana

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Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Spilanthes mauritiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
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
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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.


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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 26 June 2016

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