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  1. Family: Plantaginaceae Juss.
    1. Scoparia L.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & Subtropical America.


    Scrophulariaceae, S.A. Ghazanfar, F.N. Hepper & D. Philcox. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2008

    Herbs or small shrubs
    Leaves opposite or verticillate, glandular-punctate
    Flowers axillary, several together, ebracteolate
    Calyx 4- or 5-lobed, imbricate, glandularpunctate
    Corolla rotate, 4-lobed, throat densely bearded
    Stamens 4, ± equal; anthers with parallel or divergent cells; style longer than the calyx; stigma truncate or emarginate
    Fruit capsular, septicidal, valves entire
    Seeds numerous.

    Scrophulariaceae, D. Philcox. Flora Zambesiaca 8:2. 1990

    Annual herb, or rarely small shrub, much branched, erect, glabrous or pubescent.
    Leaves opposite or verticillate, entire or dentate.
    Inflorescence raceme-like or flowers axillary, solitary or paired.
    Calyx 4–5-lobed, lobes ovate to lanceolate.
    Corolla regular, rotate, 4-lobed, throat bearded; lobes obtuse, subequal.
    Stamens 4, subequal, filaments filiform, anthers sagittate with divergent or parallel loculi.
    Style subclavate at apex, stigma truncate or emarginate.
    Capsule globose or ovoid.
    Seeds numerous, angular.



    Native to:

    Alabama, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Cayman Is., Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Florida, French Guiana, Galápagos, Georgia, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Leeward Is., Louisiana, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Mississippi, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Southwest Caribbean, Suriname, Texas, Trinidad-Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Windward Is.

    Introduced into:

    Andaman Is., Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Central American Pac, Chad, Chagos Archipelago, China South-Central, China Southeast, Christmas I., Cocos (Keeling) Is., Comoros, Congo, Czechoslovakia, East Himalaya, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaya, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, Nicobar Is., Niger, Nigeria, North Carolina, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre

    Accepted Species


    Other Data

    Scoparia L. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Smith, L.B. [10917], Brazil K001048605


    First published in Sp. Pl.: 116 (1753)


    Flora of West Tropical Africa

    • —F.T.A. 4, 2: 354.

    Flora Zambesiaca

    • Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 52 (1754).
    • Sp. Pl.: 116 (1753)

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Sp. P1.: 116 (1753)


    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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