Spermacoce verticillata L., Sp. Pl. 102 1753. (Syn: Bigelovia verticillata (L.) Spreng.; Borreria commutata Spreng.; Borreria globularioides Cham. & Schltdl.; Borreria graminifolia M.Martens & Galeotti; Borreria kohautiana Cham. & Schltdl.; Borreria laevigata M.Martens & Galeotti; Borreria minima DC.; Borreria molleri Gand.; Borreria oaxacana M.Martens & Galeotti; Borreria oligodonta Steyerm.; Borreria podocephala DC. .; Borreria stricta G.Mey.; Borreria suaveolens f. rigidior Miq.; Borreria thymocephala Griseb.; Borreria verticillata (L.) G.Mey. …; Spermacoce fruticosa Pohl ex DC. [Invalid]; Spermacoce globosa Schumach. & Thonn.; Spermacoce graminifolia (M.Martens & Galeotti) Hemsl.; Spermacoce hyssopifolia Pers. [Invalid]; Spermacoce laeta Salisb. [Illegitimate]; Spermacoce laevigata (M.Martens & Galeotti) Hemsl. [Illegitimate]; Spermacoce minima Pohl ex DC.; Spermacoce molleri (Gand.) Govaerts; Spermacoce mucronata Nees; Spermacoce oaxacana (M.Martens & Galeotti) Hemsl.; Spermacoce oligodonta (Steyerm.) Govaerts; Spermacoce podocephala (DC.) C.Wright; Spermacoce polycephala (DC.) Hemsl.; Spermacoce reclinata Nees; Spermacoce stellata Willd. ex Roem. & Schult.; Spermacoce thymocephala (Griseb.) C.Wright; Spermacoce thymocephala (Griseb.) Wright; Tardavel verticillata (L.) Hiern); 
Trop. & Subtrop. America as per WCSP;
Andaman Is.; Angola; Argentina Northeast; Ascension; Bahamas; Belize; Benin;
Bolivia; Brazil North; Brazil Northeast; Brazil South; Brazil Southeast; Brazil
West-Central; Burkina; Cameroon; Canary Is.; Cape Verde; Colombia; Congo; Costa
Rica; Cuba; Dominican Republic; El Salvador; Florida; French Guiana; Gabon;
Gambia; Ghana; Gilbert Is.; Guatemala; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Gulf of Guinea
Is.; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; India; Ivory Coast; Jamaica; Leeward Is.; Liberia;
Line Is.; Madagascar; Mali; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mexico Central; Mexico Gulf;
Mexico Northeast; Mexico Southeast; Mexico Southwest; New Caledonia; Nicaragua;
Nicobar Is.;
Nigeria; Niue; Northern Territory; Panam; Paraguay; Peru; Puerto
Rico; Queensland; Runion; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Society Is.; Southwest
Caribbean; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Suriname; Togo; Trinidad-Tobago; Uruguay;
Venezuela; Venezuelan Antilles; Windward Is.; Zare
as per Catalogue of Life;
Common name: Shrubby False Buttonweed  

Erect, much branched rigid herbs or under shrubs, woody at base; stem 4-angled. Leaves opposite, 2-3.5 x 0.5-0.8 cm, in apparent whorls (due to condensed axillary shoots), sessile, obovate or oblanceolate, apex obtusely acute, narrowed to base, midrib impressed above, nerves obscure; stipules pectinate, connate with leaf-base into a sheath. Flowers white, in terminal or (upper) axillary, globose heads of 1 cm across. Calyx tube 1 mm long; lobes 2, equal to tube. Corolla tube 1 mm long with a ring of hairs at throat; lobes 4, spreading, longer than tube, Stamens 4; filaments long, hairy; anthers 2-celled. Ovary 2-locular; style slender: stigma 2-lobed. Capsule minutely pubescent near the apex; mericarps 2, each covered by septum ventrally; seeds 2, small, oblong.

Flowering and fruiting: May-August
Native of Tropical America
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)



Agumbe :: Spermacoce verticillata :: DVJAN68 : 3 posts by 2 authors. 6 images.
Agumbe Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka

Date: 26 DEC 2014 … Altitude: about 700 m asl
Spermacoce verticillata L. … (family: Rubiaceae)
Many thanks to … for ID in his own post ANDEC95  

Thanks … But neither of the posts seem to be Spermacoce verticillata.




Charmadi Ghat Karnataka
Date: 12 NOV 2016 … Altitude: explored between: 873 – 976 m (2863 – 3201 ft) asl
Spermacoce verticillata L. … (family: Rubiaceae) 



ANDEC95 Spermacoce verticillata : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3). 

Agumbe, Karnataka
26th December 2014



Herb for ID from N Karnataka :  Attachments (1). 6 posts by 5 authors.

Please help ID of this herb found in rocky river bed in N Karnataka in Oct.
Stem angular about 50 cm tall, leaves opposite or whorled at nodes, 3-5 cm, narrowly obovate, acute.
Flowers in globose heads (1 cm) at nodes.

Any possibility of this being Hyptis capitata (Lamiaceae)???

… no dear …, flower looks different.

I think this should be from Rubiaceae..

It could be Mitracarpus hirtus. Please check this link

I could not proceed with the link but it is indeed Mitracarpus hirtus. Thank you so much for the quick lead.

I think more closer to Spermacoce verticillata L. rather than Mitracarpus hirtus 



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