Boerhavia repens L.

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Boerhavia repens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Boerhavia repens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Boerhavia repens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Boerhavia repens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

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Much-branched spreading prostrate annual herb, often mat-forming. Stems prostrate, puberulous or almost hairless. Leaves ovate to lanceolate, mostly less than 2.5 cm long, almost hairless, glandular. Inflorescences short, axillary and unbranched. Flowers usually in clusters of 2-6, white, pink or mauve. Stamens and style less than 1.2 mm long. Fruits 3-4 mm long, clavate to fusiform with a rounded apex, 5-ribbed, smooth, more or less hairless.
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Derivation of specific name: repens: creeping
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Asia and Africa.
Botswana distribution: SW
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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 23 - 25. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Boerhavia repens
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Boerhavia repens
JSTOR Plant Science: Boerhavia repens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Boerhavia repens
Plants of the World Online: Boerhavia repens
Tropicos: Boerhavia repens
Wikipedia: Boerhavia repens


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Boerhavia repens.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=122650, retrieved 19 June 2024

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