African Plant Database

Boerhavia erecta L.
Protologue : Sp. Pl. 1: 3 (1753)  
Information on the genus : Boerhavia
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Annual ascending or erect herb to 1 m high, with a stout rootstock; stems fleshy, becoming woody towards the base, branching mainly from the base.
Ecology : Disturbed sandy and rocky soil in open bushland, waste ground, cultivation, roadsides; alluvial plains; 0-1450 m alt. (1600-2500 m in Kenya). Pantropical (probably originating in the New World fide Thulin).
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : annual-Herb- Ht up to 1 m. Alt: 650 - 1250 m. Distribution: BOT, NAM, EC, FS, GA, KN, LP, MP, NC, WC

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • LEBRUN, J. P. & A. L. STORK (1991). Enumération des plantes à fleurs d’Afrique tropicale. Généralités et Anonaceae à Pandanaceae. Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 1: 117

Bibliography other :
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:303 (2012)
  • S. African J. Bot. 86: 128 (2013).
  • Phytotaxa 238(2): 113 (2015)
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Record n°18336 modified 2009-07-23
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