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  1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Spermacoce L.
      1. Spermacoce azurea Verdc.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania (Ufipa).

    [FTEA]

    Rubiaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1976

    Habit
    Erect herb with several strict stems from a woody rootstock; stems 15–30 cm. tall, pubescent or ± densely covered with spreading white hairs which are thickened at the base.
    Leaves
    Leaf-blades linear to linear-lanceolate, 2–5.8 cm. long, 1.5–6 mm. wide, acute at the apex, slightly narrowed to the base, ± scabrid with forwardly directed hairs on both surfaces; free petiole absent; stipule-sheath 4–5 mm. long, hairy, with 3 fimbriae 3–6.5 mm. long or 5 fimbriae in the case of the flower-bearing leaves.
    Flowers
    Flowers borne in sessile clusters at the apex and sometimes at the node beneath; leafy bracts expanded at the base into the cup-like stipule-sheath; stipule-like bracts ± 8 mm. long, the base ± 4 mm. long, with a broad triangular central lobe and 2 lanceolate lobes on either side or reduced to a collection of fimbriae 4–5 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx-tube obovoid, 3 mm. long, hairy at the apex; lobes 2, triangular at base, drawn out into filiform tips, 3 mm. long, hairy, or 0, reduced to a hairy limb ± 1 mm. high.
    Corolla
    Corolla deep blue; tube funnel-shaped, 5.5 mm. long, 4.5 mm. wide, hairy or glabrescent outside, strongly narrowed at the extreme base with a ring of hairs inside at the base; lobes triangular, 5 mm. long, 3 mm. wide, densely hairy outside.
    Filaments
    Filaments exserted 2 mm.
    Pistil
    Style exserted ± 4 mm. with some sparse hairs near the apex; stigma biglobose, 1.2 mm. wide.
    Fruits
    Capsule not seen.
    Figures
    Fig. 51/32, p. 344, and 54.
    Habitat
    Coarse upland grassland, grassland with scattered Protea, etc., often in rough or rocky places; 1650–2400 m.
    Distribution
    not known elsewhere T4

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania

    Other Data

    Spermacoce azurea Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 2002 Ruffo [2897], Tanzania K000353304
    Jun 1, 1975 Richards, H.M. [15874], Tanzania K000353307
    Jun 1, 1975 Richards, H.M. [12162], Tanzania K000353308
    Jun 1, 1975 Richards, H.M. [13070], Tanzania K000353309
    Jun 1, 1975 Richards, H.M. [3454], Tanzania K000353310
    Jun 1, 1975 Napper, D.M. [1116], Tanzania K000353306
    Ruffo [2656], Tanzania K000353305
    Bidgood, S. [2528], Tanzania K000353303
    Richards, H. M. [8696], Tanzania K000173014 holotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Kew Bull. 30: 312 (1975)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Verdc. in Kew Bulletin 30: 312, fig. 10 (1975).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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