Boerhavia erecta L.

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Boerhavia erecta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Umvumvumvu R Br. by Mutare to Birchenough Br. rd

Boerhavia erecta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Umvumvumvu R Br. by Mutare to Birchenough Br. rd

Boerhavia erecta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Umvumvumvu R Br. by Mutare to Birchenough Br. rd

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Spreading annual or perennial herb. Stems prostrate, decumbent or ascending, glabrescent but with longer hairs, particularly at the nodes. Leaves ovate, often with distinct reddish brown glandular dots. Inflorescences terminal, shortly branched. Flowers usually in clusters of 2-5, white, pink, mauve or magenta. Stamens and style c. 2 mm, slightly exerted. Fruits 3-4 mm, turbinate with a flattened apex, not glandular, glabrous. See B. diffusa for comparison.
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Derivation of specific name: erecta: erect (but the meaning is not clear as the plant is usually ascending or prostrate)
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Worldwide distribution: Pantropical
Botswana distribution: SE
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Literature:

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 64.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 89.

Stannard, B.L. (1988). Nyctaginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 21 - 23. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Boerhavia erecta
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Flora of Zambia: Boerhavia erecta
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Boerhavia erecta
African Plant Database: Boerhavia erecta
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Boerhavia erecta
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Boerhavia erecta
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Boerhavia erecta
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Boerhavia erecta
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Boerhavia erecta
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Boerhavia erecta
iNaturalist: Boerhavia erecta
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Boerhavia erecta
JSTOR Plant Science: Boerhavia erecta
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Boerhavia erecta
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Boerhavia erecta
Plants of the World Online: Boerhavia erecta
The Plant List (version 1.1): Boerhavia erecta
Tropicos: Boerhavia erecta
Wikipedia: Boerhavia erecta


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Boerhavia erecta.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=122640, retrieved 25 August 2019

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