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

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Tufted erect perennial 0.7–1 m. tall from a thick tap root and underground stem; stems glabrous, with 4 reddish purple longitudinal lines or with minute hairs in lines just below the stipule-sheaths.
    Leaves
    Leaves apparently held erect, giving a strict look to the plant; blades linear-lanceolate or linear to linear-oblanceolate, 6–16 cm. long, 2.6–7 mm. wide, acute at the apex, very gradually attenuate at the base, glabrous save for the scabrid margins, densely minutely speckled; true petiole absent but tenuous part of blade up to 3 cm. long; stipule-sheath cylindrical, 1–1.2 cm. long, with 4 setae 4–6 mm. long.
    Flowers
    Flowers in clusters at the nodes, the apical 4 or 5 clusters running together to form a congested cone-like inflorescence, the lower nodes separated by internodes 0.5–9 cm. long; leafy bracts 2–7 cm. long; stipuliform bracteoles with fimbriae 8 mm. long, ciliate.
    Calyx
    Calyx-tube narrowly obconic, 6 mm. long; lobes 2, linear-triangular, 7.5 mm. long, shortly ciliate.
    Corolla
    Corolla white; tube 6–8 mm. long, densely hairy at the throat; lobes triangular-lanceolate, 1–1.1 cm. long, 3–4 mm. wide.
    Filaments
    Filaments exserted 9 mm.
    Pistil
    Style exserted 1.2 mm., minutely roughened; stigma slightly clavate, 1 mm. wide.
    Fruits
    Capsule ellipsoid, straw-coloured, streaked with reddish brown, 5 mm. long, minutely transversely wrinkled, crowned with the persistent calyx-lobes.
    Seeds
    Seeds pale chestnut-brown, 3.8–4 mm. long, 1.8 mm. wide, 0.8 mm. thick with a marked ventral groove; a trace of an aril appears as a white patch between the groove and is just visible at the end of the seed from above.
    Figures
    Fig. 49/8, p. 340.
    Habitat
    Boggy grassland; 990 m.
    Distribution
    T8 not known elsewhere

    Images

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania

    Other Data

    Spermacoce taylorii Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Milne-Redhead, E. [8821], Tanzania K000173003 holotype
    Milne-Redhead, E. [8821], Tanzania K000173002 holotype
    Milne-Redhead, E. [8821], Tanzania K000284546

    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.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Verdc. in Kew Bulletin 30: 303 (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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