Boerhavia erecta L.

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Boerhavia erecta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Umvumvumvu R Br. by Mutare to Birchenough Br. rd

Boerhavia erecta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Umvumvumvu R Br. by Mutare to Birchenough Br. rd

Boerhavia erecta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Umvumvumvu R Br. by Mutare to Birchenough Br. rd

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Common names:
Frequency: Local, but probably under-recorded
Status: Introduced
Spreading annual or perennial herb. Stems prostrate, decumbent or ascending, glabrescent but with longer hairs, particularly at the nodes. Leaves ovate, often with distinct reddish brown glandular dots. Inflorescences terminal, shortly branched. Flowers usually in clusters of 2-5, white, pink, mauve or magenta. Stamens and style c. 2 mm, slightly exerted. Fruits 3-4 mm, turbinate with a flattened apex, not glandular, glabrous. See B. diffusa for comparison.
Notes: Note: the specimen in the photos is a first record for the Eastern division. The species is probably under recorded and may occur more widespread in Zimbabwe.
Derivation of specific name: erecta: erect (but the meaning is not clear as the plant is usually ascending or prostrate)
Habitat: A weed of disturbed places.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1100 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical
Zimbabwe distribution: W,E
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Images last updated: Friday 22 December 2006

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 64.

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 21 - 23. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Boerhavia erecta
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Flora of Malawi: Boerhavia erecta
Flora of Mozambique: Boerhavia erecta
Flora of Zambia: Boerhavia erecta

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Boerhavia erecta
African Plant Database: Boerhavia erecta
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Boerhavia erecta
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GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Boerhavia erecta
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iNaturalist: Boerhavia erecta
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Boerhavia erecta
JSTOR Plant Science: Boerhavia erecta
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Boerhavia erecta
Plants of the World Online: Boerhavia erecta
Tropicos: Boerhavia erecta
Wikipedia: Boerhavia erecta

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Boerhavia erecta., retrieved 29 May 2024

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