Acmella radicans (Jacq.) R.K. Jansen
var. radicans

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Acmella radicans var. radicans

Photo: Bart Wursten
Fuel Station, Rumphi.

Acmella radicans var. radicans

Photo: Bart Wursten
Fuel Station, Rumphi.

Acmella radicans var. radicans

Photo: Bart Wursten
Fuel Station, Rumphi.

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Synonyms: Spilanthes radicans Jacq.
Common names: White spot-flower (English)
Status: Introduced and naturalised
Annual herb 6-30 cm tall (exceptionally to 2.8 m tall per Ian Riddell); stems erect to ascending, rarely rooting at the nodes, green to purple, glabrous to pilose. Leaves ovate to narrowly ovate, 1-8 cm long, 1-5 cm wide, base attenuate, margins denticulate to dentate, apex acute, glabrous to sparsely pilose, and with hispid margins, petiole 4-37 mm long. Capitula solitary or in groups of 2-3, long-stalked, elongate-conical, discoid, 6-11 mm long, 5-9 mm in diameter; phyllaries 6-9, 2-seriate, 4-7 mm long. Disc florets many, greenish white or white, 1.6-2 mm long. Achenes black, 2-2.7 mm long, ciliate; pappus of 2-3 unequal bristles 0.4-1.6 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: radicans: rooting at the nodes.
Habitat: In lawns and disturbed ground.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Fl. Apr-Jul
Worldwide distribution: Native of Central and South America, becoming a widespread weed.
Malawi distribution: N
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 17 September 2018

Beentje, H.J. & Ghazanfar, S.A. (eds.) (2005). Compositae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 733.

Jansen, R.K. (1985). Acmella radicans (Jacq.) Syst. Bot. Monogr. 8 (69)

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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: Acmella radicans var. radicans., retrieved 17 April 2024

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