Taxon: Spermacoce alata Aubl.

Genus: Spermacoce
Family: Rubiaceae
  Subfamily: Rubioideae
      Tribe: Spermacoceae
Nomen number: 316408
Place of publication: Hist. pl. Guiane 60, t. 22, fig. 7. 1775
Name Verified on: 13-Jan-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 22-May-2008
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Atlas WWeed)

Distributional Range:


  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil - Amazonas
    • Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela - Amazonas
    • Western South America: Peru - Loreto

  • Naturalized:

    . natzd. elsewhere


  • Brako, L. & J. L. Zarucchi Catalogue of the flowering plants and gymnosperms of Peru. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 45. 1993 (L Peru)
  • Davidse, G. et al., eds. Flora mesoamericana. 1994 (F Mesoamer)
  • Funk, V. et al. Checklist of the plants of the Guiana Shield (Venezuela: Amazonas, Bolivar, Delta Amacuro; Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana). Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 55:1-584. 2007 (L Guiana Shield)
  • Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Hara, H. et al. An enumeration of the flowering plants of Nepal. 1978-1982 (L Nepal)
  • Hokche, O. et al. Nuevo catálogo de la flora vascular de Venezola. 2008 (L Venez ed2)
  • Holm, L. et al. A geographical atlas of world weeds. 1979 (Atlas WWeed)
  • Holm, L. et al. World weeds: natural histories and distribution. 1997 (WorldWeeds)
  • Lasser, T., ed. Flora de Venezuela. 1964- (F Venez)
  • Plant Protection and Quarantine Office United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Federal noxious weed list (on-line resource). (USDA/APHIS)
  • Soerjani, M. et al., eds. 1987. Weeds of rice in Indonesia. 1987 (Weeds Rice Indonesia) 492.
  • Steyermark, J. A. et al., eds. Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. 1995- (F VenGuay)


Check other web resources for Spermacoce alata Aubl. :

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.