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This species is accepted, and its native range is Medit. to Africa, Arabian Peninsula to Mongolia and Indian Subcontinent, Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador to Peru.
Mollugo cerviana

[FZ]

Molluginaceae, M. L. Gonçalves. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

Morphology General Habit
A small glabrous many-stemmed annual herb with slender stems up to 20 cm. high, rather rigid, pale brownish, upright or ascending.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile, often glaucous; basal ones 2–25 × 0·3–5 mm., linear, spathulate, obovate or oblanceolate, forming a rosette; cauline ones 3–18 mm. long, in whorls of c. 6 per node, linear.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences terminal and axillary, sessile or pedunculate, umbelliform, 1–4-flowered; peduncle up to 20 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers greenish-white, on slender, straight, rather rigid pedicels 5–18 mm. long, usually exceeding the leaves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth-segments 1–3 mm. long, green, sometimes with a brown keel.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens (3)5(10).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Carpels
Carpels 3 with 3 short stigmas.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit ± globose, as long as the perianth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds brown, compressed, triangular in outline, shining.

[FWTA]

Molluginaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:1. 1954

Morphology General Habit
An erect glaucous annual, often much-branched, 2–6 in. or more high
Ecology
In sandy places, river-beds, etc.

[FTEA]

Aïzoaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1961

Morphology General Habit
A small glabrous herb with many slender rather rigid pale brownish upright or ascending stems 4–17 cm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile, often glaucous; the basal rosetted, linear, oblanceolate, or spathulate, often quickly withering, 2–26 mm. long, 0.3–3 mm. wide; the cauline whorled, linear, up to 18 mm. long and 1.2 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences axillary or terminal, sessile or pedunculate, umbelliform, 1–4-flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle up to 20 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels 5–15 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers greenish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 5, 1–3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5, sometimes 3 or 10.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Carpels
Carpels 3, stigmas 3, short.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds brown, compressed.
Figures
Fig. 5/12–13, p. 14.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Glaucous ephemeral 2–12(–17) cm high, often very inconspicuous
Morphology Stem
Stems erect or ascending, slender, brownish
Morphology Leaves
Stem-leaves whorled, linear, up to 5–18 mm long Basal leaves often soon withering
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences terminal and axillary, umbel-like, 1–4-flowered
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels 5–15 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 1–3 mm long, white
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens (3–)5, rarely 10
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 3-valved
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 0.2 mm long, glossy brown, obscurely reticulate.

Native to:

Albania, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burkina, Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Caprivi Strip, Central European Rus, Chad, Djibouti, East Aegean Is., Ecuador, Eritrea, Free State, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, India, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Krym, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southwest, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, North Caucasus, Northern Provinces, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Socotra, South European Russi, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela, Western Sahara, Xinjiang, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Altay, Hawaii, Mauritius, New Mexico, Réunion

Hypertelis cerviana (L.) Thulin appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
[illegible] [52] Mollugo cerviana K000641803
Palmer, E. [184], Mexico Mollugo cerviana K001088548

First published in Taxon 65: 787 (2016)

Accepted by

  • Miller, A.G. & Cope, T.A. (1996). Flora of the Arabian peninsula and Socotra 1: 1-586. Edinburgh university press.
  • Yao, G. (2019). Taxonomic revision of Chinnese Molluginaceae Journal of Tropical and Subtropical Botany 27: 713-720.

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