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  1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Spermacoce L.
      1. Spermacoce deserti N.E.Br.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Africa.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Herb 30–45 cm. tall with 3–6 ± 4-angled stiff unbranched or sparsely branched stems from a woody rootstock; stems scabrid with short seta-like hairs along the angles but otherwise glabrous.
    Leaves
    Leaves rigid, 2–5 x 0.25–0.8 cm., linear-oblong-lanceolate, acute at the apex, slightly narrowed at the base, sessile, with scabrid margins but otherwise glabrous; stipule base 2–3 mm. long with 5–6 setae 2.5–4 mm. long.
    Flowers
    Flowers numerous in tight nodal clusters at terminal node and up to 9 subsequent nodes beneath it.
    Calyx
    Calyx tube 1 mm. long, turbinate, compressed, pubescent on upper half; lobes 4, erect, 1.2–5 x 0.5–1.5 mm., lanceolate, acute, scabnd-ciliate at the margins.
    Corolla
    Corolla white; tube 3.5–4 mm. long, funnel-shaped, glabrous; lobes 4, 2–3 x 1.3–2 mm., triangular, ovate or ovate-oblong, sparsely pubescent outside.
    Stamens
    Stamens exserted.
    Pistil
    Style exserted, c. 5 mm. long; stigma shortly bifid.
    Fruits
    Fruit c. 3 mm. long, oblong, compressed, pubescent on upper half.
    Seeds
    Immature seeds dark brown, c. 3 mm. long, oblong; ventral furrow narrow, widened at both ends and there with packed raphides.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Cape Provinces

    Other Data

    Spermacoce deserti N.E.Br. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Lugard, E.J. [233], Botswana K000173026 holotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1909: 115 (1909)

    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
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/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