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Boerhavia diffusa L. var. diffusa


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Boerhavia diffusa var diffusa

Stems, leaves and fruit



Family: Nyctaginaceae
Full name: Boerhavia diffusa L. var. diffusa
Location: Along M47 (2316DC)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): -
English common name(s): Spiderling
Synonym(s): Boerhavia adscendens Willd.
Boerhavia africana Lour.
Boerhavia paniculata Rich.
Boerhavia repens L. var. diffusa (L.) Hook.f.
Commicarpus africanus (Lour.) Dandy
Status: Native
Description: Annual or perennial, prostrate, ascending or erect herb up to 1 m, sometimes with a thick taproot. Stems fleshy, woody towards the base, sparsely pubescent to densely covered with long septate hairs, the nodes swollen. Leaves broadly ovate to lanceolate, up to 5.5x5.5 cm, green above, pale green to greyish white beneath, sometimes tinged purple or spotted red, often pubescent on both surfaces and sometimes with long septate hairs, the base truncate to cuneate, the apex rounded to acute. Inflorescences both axillary and terminal, simple and aggregated, (3–)5–7(–14)-flowered cymes; branches densely pubescent to sparingly minutely puberulous, never glabrous; axillary peduncles (1–)1.5–4.5 cm long. Perianth 1.5–3.5 mm long; upper portion pale pink to purple, rarely white, 1–1.5 mm long. Stamens 2–3, slightly exserted. Ovary 0.5 mm; style slightly exserted. Anthocarp obovoid to ellipsoid, 3–4x1–1.5 mm, 5-ribbed, glandular-pubescent. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora of Tropical East Africa)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iSpot:  193245  687704 
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 09 Apr 2012
Camera make: Panasonic
Camera model: DMC-FZ45
Lens aperture: f/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/320 s
ISO speed: 80
Content last updated: 27 Aug 2015


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