provided by Flora of Zimbabwe
Annual or perennial herbs, often from a rootstock, erect or loosely spreading. Leaves opposite,
often in unequal pairs, sometimes fleshy, entire or shallowly sinuate. Inflorescences terminal and axillary, paniculate, umbellate or cymose. Flowers small, quickly falling off, bisexual. Perianth: lower
part constricted above ovary, upper part petal-like, campanulate,
slightly 5-lobed, caducous. Stamens 1-4(-6); stamens or styles exserted or included. Fruit fusiform,
clavate or turbinate, conspicuously 3-5(-6)-ribbed, glabrous or
glandular pubescent, but without glands.
- Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings
- bibliographic citation
- Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. and Ballings, P. (2002-2014). Boerhavia Flora of Zimbabwe website. Accessed 28 August 2014 at http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=543
- Mark Hyde
- Bart Wursten
- Petra Ballings
Boerhavia: Brief Summary
provided by wikipedia EN
Boerhaavia is a genus of over 100 species in the four o'clock flower family, Nyctaginaceae. Some species are annuals and others perennials. In habit they generally are herbaceous.
Common names include spiderlings and hogweeds. "Spiderling" refers to the appearance of those species that bear inflorescences on numerous long, slender stems, interlocking in a manner suggestive of a spider or spider's web.
The genus was named for Herman Boerhaave, a Dutch botanist, and the genus name is frequently misspelled "Boerhaavia".
Boerhavia species generally are native to warm tropical regions.
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