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Polycarpon prostratum (Forssk.) Asch. & Schweinf. ex Asch.
Protologue : Oesterr. Bot. Z. 39: 128 (1889)
Information on the genus : Polycarpon
Basionym : Alsine prostrata Forssk.
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Polycarpaea robbairea (Kuntze) Greuter & Burdet (1982)
 Polycarpon loeflingii Wight & Arn. ex Benth.
 Polycarpon prostratum (Forssk.) Asch. & Schweinf. ex Asch. var. prostratum
 Polycarpon robbairea Kuntze (1891)
 Alsine prostrata Forssk. (1775)
 Polycarpaea robbairea (Kuntze) Greuter & Burdet subsp. robbairea
 Robbairea prostrata (Forssk.) Boiss. (1867)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Polycarpon delileanum (Milne-Redh.) Monod
=Robbairea delileana Milne-Redh. (1949)
=*Robbairea delileana var. major (Aschers. & Schweinf.) Täckh.
=Robbairea prostrata var. major Asch. & Schweinf. (1889)
=Robbairea major (Asch. & Schweinf.) Botsch. (1964)
=Polycarpaea prostrata var. minor Asch. & Schweinf. (1889)
=*Robbairea delileana var. minor (Aschers. & Schweinf.) Täckh. (1972)
=*Polycarpaea confusa Maire (1949)
=Pharnaceum depressum L.
=Arversia depressa (L.) Klotzsch
=Polycarpon depressum (L.) Rohrb. (1872)
=Polycarpaea mozambica Kunth & Bouché (1848)
=*Hapalosia loeflingii Wall. ex Wight & Arn.
=Polycarpa pusilla (Roxb. ex Wight & Arn.) Hiern (1896)
=Polycarpon pusillum Roxb. ex Wight & Arn.
=Polycarpaea memphitica Delile
=Polycarpon memphiticum (Delile) Fenzl ex Broun & Massey (1929)
=*Robbairea confusa Maire (1950)
=Polycarpaea prostrata Decne.
=Polycarpaea prostrata var. brevipes Maire (1934)
=Robbairea prostrata auct. Afr. N.
=Polycarpaea prostrata auct. sensu Afr. N. occid., non Decne
=Polycarpon loeflingii auct. non Benth. & Hook.
Taxon infra-specific
Polycarpon prostratum (Forssk.) Asch. & Schweinf. ex Asch. var. prostratum
Polycarpon prostratum var. littorale J. Raynal & A. Raynal
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tufted annual plant with much-branched ± ascending stems to 15 cm long.
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Ecology : Damp or marshy places, sandy river banks; clayey sands; weed of disturbed road sides (Kenya).
  Many tropical and some subtropical areas.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Peyre de Fabrègues B. & J. P. Lebrun (1976). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Niger. Maison Alfort
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:177 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • ALI, S. I., S. M. H. JAFRI & A. EL GADI (ed.) (1978). Flora of Libya. 59: 23
  • Med-Checklist 1: 242 (1984).
  • Fl. Egypt (Boulos) 1: 83 (1999).
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