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Useful Tropical Plants

Spermacoce laevis

Lam.

Rubiaceae


There appears to be considerable misunderstanding of this taxon. Many treatments refer to it as Borreria laevis (Lam.) Griseb. However, we are using the original name, Spermacoce laevis, which has been accepted for conservation and is treated as the correct name in the 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families' and many other recent publications. Just to complicate the situation further, however, some treatments accept neither name, instead treating this taxon as a synonym of Spermacoce tenuior L.[
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+ Synonyms

Borreria capitellata (Willd.) Cham. & Schltdl.

Borreria herbert-smithii Rusby

Borreria laevis (Lam.) Griseb.

Spermacoce capitellata Willd.

Spermacoce guianensis Bremek

Spermacoce riparia Cham. & Schltdl.

Tardavel laevis (Lam.) Standl.

Common Name:

Spermacoce laevis
Flowering stem
Photograph by: Miltos Gikas
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General Information

Spermacoce laevis is an erect, annual to perennial plant, mainly branched from the base. The stems can be decumbent or ascending, the plant growing 15 - 50cm tall[
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - southern Mexico to central Mexico[ Caribbean.

Habitat

Grassland, along roadsides, in rice fields, often on hard soils, often abundant, at elevations from sea-level up to 1,200 metres, occasionally to 2,000 metres[
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height0.40 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of tropical and subtropical regions with a short or pronounced rainy season[
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Prefers a sunny or lightly shaded position[
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The leaves, mixed with the scraped roots of Desmodium sequax, rhizomes of wild ginger and ash, are applied for toothache[
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A decoction of the plant is used in the treatment of colds, and as an emmenagogue[
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The crushed plant is applied topically to cuts and burns[
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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