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Boerhavia diffusa (Red spiderling)
Cliffe, Harry

Boerhavia diffusa

Boerhavia diffusa L.

Red Spiderling

Nyctaginaceae (Four O'clock Family)

Synonym(s): Boerhavia glabrata

USDA Symbol: BODI3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N)


From the Image Gallery

3 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual , Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Accessory
Size Notes: Stems decumbent, ascending or erect, up to about 3 feet long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Sometimes nearly white.


USA: AL , FL , GA , LA , NC , SC , TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 1120 Collected Oct 12, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0527 Collected Jul 27, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe

2 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Boerhavia diffusa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Boerhavia diffusa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Boerhavia diffusa


Record Modified: 2023-04-18
Research By: DEW

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