Spilanthes mauritiana (Rich. ex Pers.) DC.

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Spilanthes mauritiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main road from Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

Spilanthes mauritiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main road from Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

Spilanthes mauritiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main road from Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

Spilanthes mauritiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main road from Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Acmella mauritiana Rich. ex Pers.
Spilanthes acmella sensu Oliv. & Hiern p.p.
Spilanthes africana DC.
Common names:
Status: Native
Annual creeping or trailing herb, upper parts sometimes erect, up to 30 cm. Leaves opposite, ovate, up to 5 × 3 cm, 3-veined from the base, sparsely hairy on both surfaces particularly on the veins when young; margin serrate-crenate to almost entire. Capitula solitary, axillary and terminal on long peduncles, deep yellow. Ray florets usually present, 3-4 mm long, 3-toothed at the apex, yellow or rarely white.
Derivation of specific name: mauritiana: from Mauritius
Habitat: Weed in lawns and gardens in high rainfall areas; elsewhere in wet habitats such as by streams and rivers or along roadsides.
Altitude range: 600 - 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa, South Africa, Eswatini and Mauritius.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Content last updated: Tuesday 14 May 2019

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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 52.

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Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 58.

Wild, H. (1967). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 1. Heliantheae. Kirkia 6(1) Pages 60 - 61.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 89.

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Flora of Mozambique: Spilanthes mauritiana
Flora of Zambia: Spilanthes mauritiana
Flora of Zimbabwe: Spilanthes mauritiana

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

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 Malawi: Species information: Spilanthes mauritiana.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=160540, retrieved 23 June 2024

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