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Common name

English: Tropical Mexican Clover

Mandarin: 巴西墨苜蓿 (ba xi mo mu xu)


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Gentianales (113)

        Family: Rubiaceae (62)(family description)

          Genus: Richardia (3)

            Epithet: brasiliensis Gomes (2)

Synonyms: Richardia adscendens (DC.) Steud., Richardia emetica (Mart.) Schult., Richardia rosea (A.St.-Hil.) Schult., Richardia sericea Walp., Richardia villosa Sessé & Moc. ex DC., Richardsonia adscendens DC., Richardsonia brasiliensis (Gomes) Klotzsch, Richardsonia emetica Mart., Richardsonia rosea A.St.-Hil., Richardsonia sericea Walp., Spermacoce ascendens Sessé & Moc., Spermacoce hexandra A.Rich.

adscendens => rising upwards

ascendens => climbing, ascending, rising

brasiliensis => of Brazilian origin

emetica => emetic, induces vomiting

hexandra => six-stamened

rosea => rose or pale red-pink coloured

sericea => silky, covered with silky pubescence

villosa => hairy or shaggy


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: pink, white

External links

Check for Richardia brasiliensis at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI


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