African Plant Database

Boerhavia diffusa L.
Protologue : Sp. Pl. 1: 3 (1753)  
Information on the genus : Boerhavia
Status for MA : accepted (naturalised)
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Boerhavia diffusa L. var. diffusa
 Boerhavia repens var. diffusa (L.) Hook. f.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Boerhavia adscendens Willd. (1797)
=*Boerhavia africana Lour. (1790)
=Boerhavia paniculata Rich. (1792)
=Commicarpus africanus (Lour.) Dandy (1950) excl. descr.= C. plubagineus (Cav.) Standley
Taxon infra-specific
Boerhavia diffusa L. var. diffusa
Boerhavia diffusa var. acuta Balle
Boerhavia diffusa var. hirta Balle
Boerhavia diffusa var. undulata (Asch. & Graebn.) Cufod.
Boerhavia diffusa var. ehrenbergerii (Asch. & Graebn.) Cufod.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Annual or perennial, prostrate, ascending or erect herb to 1 m, sometimes with a thick taproot; stems fleshy, becomming woody towards the base, branching mainly from the base.
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Ecology : Disturbed ground in cultivations, waste places and grassland and along paths and dry stream beds; often on sandy soil; 0- 1800 m alt. Pantropical weed.
Biol./Eco : Herb; distribution: Naturalised in Madagascar.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • PEYRE DE FABRÈGUES B. & J. P. LEBRUN (1976). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Niger. Maison Alfort : 92
  • BOUDET G. & J.P. LEBRUN (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16 : 66
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:303 (2012)
  • DARBYSHIRE, I. KORDOFAMI, M. & AL. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing : 282
  • CÉSAR J. & C. CHATELAIN (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména : 358

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • BOULOS, L. (1999). Flora of Egypt 1: 37

Bibliography other :
  • Taxon 47: 873 (1998).
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Record n°175381 modified 2009-09-24
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