Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Spreading Spiderling - Boerhavia diffusa   L.
Members of Nyctaginaceae:
Members of Boerhavia with account distribution info or public map:
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DistributionThe only annotated specimens are at herbaria DUKE and NCU, collected in 1885 from "eastern North Carolina" by G. McCarthy. Other specimens included in B. diffusa by SERNEC are actually B. coccinea.

Native of the pantropics; in N.A. NC to FL and perhaps native in southern FL. Weakley (2018) shows it as native north to the SC Coastal Plain. Weakley's (2022) map now shows NC within the native range. However, this is possibly a moot point now.
AbundanceVery rare. Not seen since 1885 and perhaps a one-time waif.
HabitatNo data for NC records. Generally in various disturbed areas.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting not reported.
IdentificationRed Spiderling has much larger leaf blades than the other 2 species in NC, and they are broadly elliptical to rotund. The flowers are mostly pink to purple, in a dense ball.
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State RankSE
Global RankG5
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