Entry for AMMANNIA diffusa Willd. [family LYTHRACEAE]
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (K)
Flora of Tropical Africa
Flora of Tropical Africa, Vol 2, page 464, (1871) Author: (By Mr. J. G. Baker.)
AMMANNIA diffusa Willd. [family LYTHRACEAE], En. Pl. Hort. Berol. 167.
AMMANNIA gracilis Guill. et Perr. [family LYTHRACEAE], Fl. Seneg. 301.
Stem prostrate, terete, rooting at the base, flexuous, branched, about a foot high. Leaves lanceolate, rather blunt at apex, narrowed at the very base, scarcely auricled, about 1/2 in. long. Internodes 1/2– 3/4 in. long. Flowers and fruit small. Bracteoles minute. Flowers when young crowded, few together on slender filiform pedicels and scarcely any peduncle. Calyx 8-veined. Petals 4, of a violet colour, exceeding the calyx or wanting. Stamens 4 or 8, equalling or exceeding the calyx, when only 4 opposite the calyx-lobes. Ovary 2-celled; style rather short.