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  1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Spermacoce L.
      1. Spermacoce schlechteri K.Schum. ex Verdc.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Mozambique.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb with straggling or prostrate stems 15–50 cm. long, woody at the base, glabrous or with sparse pubescence in the longitudinal grooves and two rows of pubescence descending from the outer margins of the stipule bases.
    Leaves
    Leaves ± subsessile, 1–6 x 0.4–2.7 cm., elliptic to oblong-elliptic or elliptic-lanceolate, broadly to narrowly acute at the apex, cuneate at the base, perhaps slightly fleshy in life, glabrous, minutely scabrid on the margins or sometimes finely puberulous beneath and often with rhaphides and resin patches rather evident in dried material; stipule bases c. 2 mm. long, pubescent at apex and with lateral lines of pubescence or sometimes pubescent all over, with c. 7 filiform setae up to 7 mm. long.
    Flowers
    Flowers 2–6 at each node, the apparent pedicel becoming short and thick, 2 mm. long in fruit.
    Calyx
    Calyx glabrous or pubescent; tube c. 2 mm. long, obconic; limb tube c. 1.2 mm. long; lobes 2–4 x 0.8–1.4 mm., lanceolate, glabrous or with short marginal setae.
    Corolla
    Corolla white; tube 3.5–4 mm. long, narrowly funnel-shaped; lobes 3.5 x 1–1.2 mm., lanceolate-elliptic.
    Stamen and Style
    Anthers short, curved and medifixed, exserted about 1 mm.; style exserted 2–3 mm., the stigmatic head biglobose 1.2 mm. wide.
    Fruits
    Capsule 3–4.5 x 3–4 mm, subglobose or ovoid, ± faintly wrinkled in dry state and with numerous resin blotches, glabrous or shortly pubescent, the valves finally opening very widely.
    Seeds
    Seeds brown, 2.5–3.5 x 1.8 x c. 1.2 mm., ± oblong, minutely rugulose dorsally, shiny, ventrally with broad depression.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Mozambique

    Other Data

    Spermacoce schlechteri K.Schum. ex Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 27, 1980 Torre, A.R. [15081], Mozambique K000173020 isotype
    Schlechter [12294], Mozambique K000173030

    Bibliography

    First published in Fl. Zambes. 5(1): 180 (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
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
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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/
    © 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