Boerhavia coccinea

Species:Boerhavia coccinea Miller
Common Name:Scarlet Spiderling; Wine Flower
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Plant Notes:Scarlet Spiderling is an introduced herbaceous perennial in the Four-O'clock family (Nyctaginaceae). It has been found in the southern half of Alabama. Scarlet Spiderling occurs along railroads, in cracks in parking lots and sidewalks, on vacant lots, and on roadsides. It is a perennial with a tick cord-like taproot. Stems are prostrate, much branched, green in color, and pubescent with glandular and non-glandular hairs. Leaves are opposite, petiolate, ovate to lanceolate in outline, with wavy margins. The leaves are dark green above and pale green below. The leaves may be glabrous or pubescent on both surfaces. Flowers are produced in axillary or terminal inflorescences. The inflorescences are much branched and terminate in compact umbels or heads of flowers. Individual flowers are short stalked and bell shaped with 5 spreading lobes on the corolla. The corolla is a deep purple-red or wine color. The fruit is club shaped with 5 ribs. It is densely glandular pubescent. Scarlet Spiderling is native to beaches, deserts, and scrub forest of the western United States, Mexico, Central and South America, Eurasia, Africa, Australia, and on tropical and subtropical islands. This species has been collected twice in Alabama. Charles Mohr collected it in 1892 on ballast ground and along railroads in Mobile. In 2011, Alvin Diamond collected it from a weedy over-grown lot and roadside in Montgomery. It can be expected to occur in similar sites in other areas of Alabama.--A. Diamond
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Status:Not Native
Specimen: View specimen details in the Alabama Herbarium Consortium Specimen Database

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FamilyNYCTAGINACEAE - Four-O'clock family
Genus Boerhavia
Species Boerhavia coccinea Miller - Scarlet Spiderling; Wine Flower


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SynonymFull CitationBasionymType
Boerhavia hirsuta    

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort; choose a county or herbaria to filter the specimen data.

Counties included on distribution map: Mobile, Montgomery

Counties represented by specimen data listed below:

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: ALNHS, AUA, TROY, UNA, UWAL

Range of years during which specimens were collected: -

Barcode / Accession No. County Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
ALNHS00001497 Montgomery 11 Sep 2012 Barger, T. Wayne
Boerhavia coccinea P. Mill.
TROY000034062 Montgomery 20 Oct 2011 Diamond, Alvin R.
Boerhavia coccinea Miller
UNA00033035 Mobile _ Sep 1892 Mohr, Charles
Boerhavia coccinea P. Mill.
AUA000042454 Montgomery 11 Sep 2012 Barger, T. Wayne
Boerhavia Coccinea P. Mill.
ALNHS00002422 Mobile 20 Jun 2013 Barger, T. Wayne
Boerhavia coccinea P. Mill.
UWAL0010104 Montgomery 30 Oct 2011 Diamond, Alvin R.
Boerhavia coccinea Miller
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