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

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb 20–55 cm. tall with strict caespitose erect obtusely 4-angled glabrous or shortly pubescent stems from a woody many-headed rootstock.
    Leaves
    Leaves ± erect, 1.2–10 cm. x 1–3.5 mm., linear, acute at apex, narrowed at the base, somewhat coriaceous, glabrous save for the minutely scabrid-ciliolate margin; stipule sheath glabrous or densely pubescent, at flowering nodes funnel-shaped with 5–7 fimbriae 0.3–2 mm. long, at sterile nodes with 0–3 fimbriae up to 0.8 mm. long.
    Flowers
    Flowers in small terminal heads and sometimes also at penultimate node; bracts stipuliform with a triangular median lobe and one lanceolate lateral lobe on each side; bracteoles fimbrifonn, 6 x 0.5 mm., hyaline, brown-lined and ciliolate.
    Calyx
    Calyx tube 2 mm. long, obconic, glabrous; lobes 2–4, 2 linear 4.5 x 0.6 mm., ciliolate and 0–2 linear, hyaline, 2 mm. long or with no lobes but limb reduced to numerous fimbriae 1 mm. long.
    Corolla
    Corolla tube white, 7 mm. long, funnel-shaped, glabrous outside but with a ring of hairs inside at the middle; lobes pale blue, 3 x 1.8 mm., with a few hairs at the apex.
    Filaments
    Filaments exserted 1.8 mm.
    Pistil
    Style exserted 3 mm.; stigma biglobose, 0.9 mm. wide.
    Fruits
    Capsule not known.

    Distribution

    Accepted Infraspecifics

    Other Data

    Spermacoce perennis Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Kew Bull. 30: 314 (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