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  1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Spermacoce L.
      1. Spermacoce bangweolensis (R.E.Fr.) Verdc.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Zambia.

    [FZ]

    Rubiaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora Zambesiaca 5:1. 1989

    Habit
    Prostrate or suberect clump-forming subshrub up to c. 50 cm.; stems brown, the upper parts 4-angled, bifariously pubescent with papilla-like hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves somewhat fleshy in life, rigid when dry, 1.5–4 cm. x 1.5–2.5 mm., linear, acute at the apex, subsessile, glabrous save for short stiff marginal hairs rendering margin very scabrid; lateral nerves not visible; stipule sheath 3 mm. long, papillate-puberulous, with 1–5 setae, 0.5–6 mm. long.
    Flowers
    Flowers up to c. 20 in terminal congested clusters and at 1–3 immediately lower nodes.
    Calyx
    Calyx lobes 2,3–6 mm. long, linear, acute.
    Corolla
    Corolla pale blue, 4–7 mm. long, 3 mm. wide at the throat, narrowly funnel-shaped, glabrous; lobes 3–4 x 1–1.5 mm., triangular-oblong, acute, with very few apical hairs outside.
    Stamen and Style
    Anthers and style exserted c. 2 mm.; stigmatic club bifid.
    Fruits
    Capsule 3 mm. long, obovoid.
    Seeds
    Seeds ± chestnut, 2.25–2.5 mm. long, oblong.

    Distribution

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Spermacoce bangweolensis (R.E.Fr.) Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Kew Bull. 30: 308 (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.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    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/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0