Eclipta prostrata (L.) L.

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Eclipta prostrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along D3508 Kalimbeza road

Eclipta prostrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along D3508 Kalimbeza road

Eclipta prostrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along D3508 Kalimbeza road

Eclipta prostrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along D3508 Kalimbeza road

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Synonyms: Cotula alba (L.) L.
Eclipta alba (L.) Hassk.
Eclipta erecta L.
Verbesina alba L.
Verbesina prostrata L
Common names: False daisy (English)
Status: Probably introduced
Annual herb, usually with prostrate or decumbent stems, rooting at the nodes, sometimes suberect. Leaves subsessile, elliptic-lanceolate, up to 12 × 2.5 cm; margins toothed. Capitula solitary in the upper leaf axils, 6-10 mm in diameter. Ray-florets, 1-2 seriate, short, numerous, white.
Derivation of specific name: prostrata: lying flat on the ground; prostrate
Habitat: A weed in disturbed damp places.
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Worldwide distribution: Pantropical, possibly originally from Asia.
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Content last updated: Tuesday 3 April 2018

Beentje, H.J. & Ghazanfar, S.A. (eds.) (2005). Compositae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 728 - 730. (Includes a picture).

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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 14.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 146.

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Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 66. as Eclipta alba (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1967). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 1. Heliantheae. Kirkia 6(1) Pages 59 - 60.

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Flora of Botswana: Eclipta prostrata
Flora of Malawi: Eclipta prostrata
Flora of Mozambique: Eclipta prostrata
Flora of Zambia: Eclipta prostrata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Eclipta prostrata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eclipta prostrata
African Plant Database: Eclipta prostrata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Eclipta prostrata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Eclipta prostrata
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Eclipta prostrata
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Eclipta prostrata
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eclipta prostrata
JSTOR Plant Science: Eclipta prostrata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eclipta prostrata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eclipta prostrata
Plants of the World Online: Eclipta prostrata
Tropicos: Eclipta prostrata
Wikipedia: Eclipta prostrata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Eclipta prostrata., retrieved 9 February 2023

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