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

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb 10–20 cm. tall with 5-? stems from a slender woody root; stems densely covered with ascending grey hairs giving a rather woolly appearance.
    Leaves
    Leaves 2.5–3.5 cm. x 1.5–3 mm., linear-lanceolate, acute at the apex, sessile, glabrous, the margins thickened and similar to the very evident midrib but other venation not visible; stipule base 2–3 mm. long, densely hairy with 3–5 dark slender pubescent setae up to 7 mm. long.
    Flowers
    Flowers fairly numerous in compact heads, c. 1.5 cm. diam. (excluding leaves); bracteoles numerous, filamentous, 4–5 mm. long, scarious and ciliolate.
    Calyx
    Calyx tube c. 2 mm. long, ellipsoid, glabrous save near limb; limb tube 1 mm. long ± fimbriate; lobes 2, 4 x 0.5 mm., linear-lanceolate, margined with short almost tooth-like stiff hairs.
    Corolla
    Corolla colour unknown; tube 1.3 cm. long, cylindric, widened at throat to 2.5 mm., hairy for a short distance at middle inside; lobes 5.5 x 2 mm., oblong-ovate, with few short hairs at apex.
    Stamen and Style
    Style exserted 2.5 mm.; stigma biglobose, 0.7 mm. wide; anthers 2 mm. long, the filaments exserted, 2.5 mm.
    Fruits
    Capsule not known.

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    Distribution

    Other Data

    Spermacoce samfya Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Chabwela, N. H. [029], Zambia K000173033 holotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Fl. Zambes. 5(1): 186 (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

    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.
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/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