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Genus: Spermacoce

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Gentianales > Family: Rubiaceae

About 100 species worldwide, with 15 species native to southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Spermacoce arvensis

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

 

Spermacoce bisepala

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

 

Spermacoce chaetocephala

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

 

Spermacoce deserti

 

Spermacoce dibrachiata

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Spermacoce filifolia

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

 

Spermacoce huillensis

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

 

Spermacoce kirkii

Recorded from Mozambique.

 

Spermacoce natalensis

See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Spermacoce pusilla

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Spermacoce quadrisulcata

 

Spermacoce radiata

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

 

Spermacoce schlechteri

Recorded from Mozambique.

 

Spermacoce senensis

See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Spermacoce subvulgata

See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Herbivores in southern Africa

Hippotion osiris (Large Striped Hawkmoth)

Caterpillar recorded eating the leaves of Spermacoce natalensis.

Lepidoptera: Sphingidae (hawkmoths)

 

  Publications

  • Verdcourt, B. 1976. Flora of Tropical East Africa. Rubiaceae (part 1): 1-414.

  • Verdcourt, B. 1989. Rubiaceae. Flora Zambesiaca 5,1: 1-210.

 

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