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

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Strictly erect annual herb 20–35 cm. tall; stems branched, 4-angled and grooved, bifariously shortly pubescent with stiff downwardly directed hairs within the grooves.
    Leaves
    Leaf-blades lanceolate, 2–7 cm. long, 2.5–6.5 mm. wide, acute at the apex, rounded at the base, sessile, with ± thickened margins and midnerve, ± pilose above, glabrous beneath save for some short stiff hairs on the midnerve, the margins ciliate with short stiff hairs particularly towards the base; stipule-sheath 3.5–4 mm. long, hairy, with 5 ciliolate setae 3–6 mm. long.
    Flowers
    Flowers sessile in axillary several-flowered clusters at all but the lowest nodes; bracteoles similar to stipules.
    Calyx
    Calyx-tube narrowly oblong-obconic, hairy above, 3 mm. long; lobes 3(–? 4), unequal, lanceolate, (2.5–)5–8 mm. long, (0.5–)1–1.6 mm. wide, similar to leaves in texture, etc., margins ciliate.
    Corolla
    Corolla white; tube tubular, 3 mm. long; lobes triangular, 1.1 mm. long, 0.8 mm. wide, glabrous.
    Filaments
    Filaments 0.25 mm. long.
    Pistil
    Style exserted 0.5 mm.; stigma globose, 0.8 mm. diameter.
    Fruits
    Capsule oblong-ellipsoid, 6 mm. long, 3 mm. wide, crowned with the persistent calyx-lobes, hairy above.
    Seeds
    Seeds shiny, dark brown, oblong-ellipsoid, 4 mm. long, 1.9 mm. wide, 1 mm. thick, flat and narrowly grooved ventrally, convex and very slightly keeled dorsally, with a cream appendage 1.5–1.8 mm. long.
    Figures
    Fig. 51/29, p. 344.
    Habitat
    Overgrazed grassland; 1530 m.
    Distribution
    not known elsewhere T7

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania

    Other Data

    Spermacoce milnei Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Milne - Redhead [10062], Tanzania K000173012 holotype
    Milne - Redhead [10062], Tanzania K000173013 holotype

    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.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Verdc. in Kew Bulletin 30: 308 (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
    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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