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Mexican Clover


Richardia, a weedy plant found in grazed pasture, Eldoret, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Herbaceous plant growing close to ground near Eldoret, Kenya, Africa. April 2011.

HERB: Herbaceous plant growing close to ground forming mats of dark green leaves.

FLOWERS: Five pointed flowers are borne in heads at ends of branches. The fruit is inferior, i.e. developing below the corolla.

LEAVES: Leaves are opposite on the stems and are broadly ellyptic.

RANGE: This plant is native to tropical America and must have been introduced along with agricultural plants. Richardia scabra and R. brasiliensis have both been introduced into Africa.

FRUIT: Small seeds, two per fruit.

UNARMED. Without thorns.

Rubiaceae -- Coffee Family

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 28 July 2011