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Nyctaginaceae

Nyctaginaceae Juss. - Four o'clock Family

1. Boerhavia erecta L.

(Boerhavia atomaria, Boerhavia discolor, Boerhavia elongata, Boerhavia paniculata, Boerhavia scabrida, Boerhavia thornberi, Boerhavia virgata)

Common names: spiderling

My notes: Mostly seen as a prostrate form with narrow leaves.

Extract from Wikipedia article: Boerhavia erecta is one of the many species that is present in the genus Boerhavia L. Commonly known as the erect spiderling or the erect boerhavia, it is a member of the Nyctaginaceae family with a chromosome number of 52. Boerhavia erecta is native to the United States, Mexico, Central America and western South America, but the erect spiderling is now present in different tropical and subtropical areas of the world. In Africa, the distribution spans from West Africa to the east of Somalia and South Africa. It has recently been introduced to the east of Madagascar in RĂ©union. In Asia, it is present in India, Java, Malaysia, the Philippines, China and the Ryukyu Islands. Boerhavia erecta is an extraordinary species of plant that is useful and unique through its physical characteristics and genetic composition.

LinkProstrate plant of spiderling (Boerhavia erecta) with tiny flowers on roadside of Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. South-western Qatar, October 25, 2014
LinkSpiderling (Boerhavia erecta) growing near a pond on Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. Qatar, April 10, 2015
LinkBlooming spiderling (Boerhavia erecta) growing near a pond on Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. Qatar, April 10, 2015
LinkMat of spiderling (Boerhavia erecta) near a pond on Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. Qatar, April 10, 2015
LinkShoots of spiderling (Boerhavia erecta) with flowers near a pond on Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. Qatar, April 10, 2015
LinkClose up of spiderling (Boerhavia erecta) near a pond on Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. Qatar, April 10, 2015
LinkDense growth of spiderling (Boerhavia erecta) near a pond on Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. Qatar, April 10, 2015
LinkShoot of spiderling (Boerhavia erecta) near a pond on Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. Qatar, April 10, 2015
LinkShoot of spiderling (Boerhavia erecta) with flowers near a pond on Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. Qatar, April 10, 2015
LinkShoot of spiderling (Boerhavia erecta) with fruits near a pond on Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. Qatar, April 10, 2015
LinkHabitat of spiderling (Boerhavia erecta) near a pond on Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. Qatar, April 10, 2015
LinkClose up of shoot of spiderling (Boerhavia erecta) near a pond on Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. Qatar, April 10, 2015
LinkSpiderling (Boerhavia erecta) on a field on Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. Qatar, May 1, 2015
LinkShoots of spiderling (Boerhavia erecta) on a field on Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. Qatar, May 1, 2015
LinkFleshy shoot of spiderling (Boerhavia erecta) near a pond on Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. Qatar, May 1, 2015
LinkBack side of a shoot of spiderling (Boerhavia erecta) taken from Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. Qatar, May 1, 2015
LinkBack side of leaves of spiderling (Boerhavia erecta) taken from Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. Qatar, August 21, 2015
LinkReddish shoot of spiderling (Boerhavia erecta) taken from Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. Qatar, August 21, 2015

2. Bougainvillea glabra Choisy

(Bougainvillea arborea, Bougainvillea brachycarpa, Bougainvillea formosa, Bougainvillea rubicunda, Bougainvillea spectabilis)

Common names: Gouhanamiya, paperflower

Extract from Wikipedia article: Bougainvillea glabra, lesser bougainvillea or paperflower, is the most common species of bougainvillea used for bonsai.

LinkAl Nisr Street with paperflowers (Bougainvillea glabra), Fereej Abdel Aziz area. Doha, Qatar, May 24, 2013
LinkPaperflower (Bougainvillea glabra) on Al Sham Street in area of West Bay. Doha, Qatar, April 11, 2014
LinkClose up of paperflower (Bougainvillea glabra) on Al Sham Street in area of West Bay. Doha, Qatar, April 11, 2014
LinkPaperflower (Bougainvillea glabra) on a fence on Al Istiqlal Street in West Bay. Doha, Qatar, April 22, 2014
LinkPetals of paperflower (Bougainvillea glabra) on the ground on Al Istiqlal Street in West Bay. Doha, Qatar, April 28, 2014
LinkPetals of paperflower (Bougainvillea glabra) on the ground on Al Istiqlal Street in West Bay. Doha, Qatar, October 20, 2014
LinkPaperflower (Bougainvillea glabra) in a park at Al Markhiya Street near a corner with Onaiza. Doha, Qatar, May 2, 2015
LinkBlooming paperflower (Bougainvillea glabra) in a park at Al Markhiya Street near a corner with Onaiza. Doha, Qatar, May 2, 2015

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