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  1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Spermacoce L.
      1. Spermacoce kirkii (Hiern) Verdc.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Mozambique (Niassa).

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Sometimes annual but probably often perennial much-branched prostrate or perhaps sometimes suberect subshrubby herb 30–40(?) cm. long; stems subangular, bifariously sparsely puberulous in narrow longitudinal grooves, otherwise glabrous.
    Leaves
    Leaves 0.5–6 cm. x 1–3 mm., linear to narrowly linear-oblanceolate, acute at the apex, attenuate at the base, probably subsucculent in life, rigid, glabrous; stipule sheath 2 mm. long with 2 angular lines of pubescence and pubescent margin with 5 pubescent setae 3 mm. long.
    Flowers
    Flowers in congested clusters c. 1 cm. wide at many if not most nodes, the upper 3 clusters condensed into a head or at least more approximate, the others well spaced.
    Calyx
    Calyx tube 3 mm. long, the upper half pilose with erect hairs; lobes 2 (sometimes more?) 1.5–2.5 to 3.5 (in fruit) mm. long, narrowly oblong, ciliate.
    Corolla
    Corolla white or greenish white; tube 3.5 mm. long, funnel-shaped, hairy within; lobes 3–4 x c. 1.2 mm., triangular-lanceolate, pubescent at apex.
    Filaments
    Filaments exserted about 3 mm..
    Pistil
    Style exserted 4 mm., stigmatic club capitate-bilobed.
    Fruits
    Fruits 4.5 x 2.2 mm., oblong-ovoid, the valves opening widely.
    Seeds
    Seeds dark purplish brown, 2.5 x 1.3 mm., compressed oblong-ovoid, very slightly widest at one end, with a fairly narrow groove beneath widened at one end containing some rhaphides and with a very reduced white proximal elaiosome.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Mozambique

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Spermacoce kirkii (Hiern) Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Sep 18, 1984 Kirk [s.n.], Mozambique K000173024 holotype
    Sep 18, 1984 Schlechter [12123], Mozambique K000173025 isotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Kew Bull. 30: 303 (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

    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/
    © 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