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

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Herb to 20 cm., well-branched; stems probably erect or ascending, densely pubescent with spreading hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves 2.5–3.5 x 0.3–0.8 cm., narrowly elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, acute at the apex, narrowed to sessile base, pubescent on both sides, with longer hairs on mid-rib beneath and short ones rendering margins rough; stipule bases 2.5–3 mm. long, densely pubescent, with 7–9 linear-lanceolate fimbriae 1–3.5 mm. long.
    Flowers
    Flowers in dense clusters 1–1.5 cm, wide at apical 4–5 nodes, mostly well-separated but first 2 approximate on one shoot (possibly separating later?); bracteoles c. 3 mm. long, ciliate.
    Calyx
    Calyx tube 2.2 mm. long, pubescent on upper half; lobes 2, 5–7 x 1–1.5 mm. and perhaps larger, oblong-elliptic, pubescent Buds capitate, the limb distinctly pubescent.
    Corolla
    Corolla colour unknown, probably white; tube 8.5–10 mm. long, very narrowly cylindrical, lobes 2.5 x 1 mm., oblong, hairy outside, the hairs longer and more setiform at apex.
    Filaments
    Filaments exserted about 1.5 mm.
    Pistil
    Style exserted 1.5 mm.; stigma capitate.
    Fruits
    Capsule 3.5 x 2.5 mm., ellipsoid, pubescent above; immature seeds 2.5 x 1.1 mm.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Zimbabwe

    Other Data

    Spermacoce bisepala Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Fl. Zambes. 5(1): 172 (1989)

    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