Borreria latifolia (broadleaf buttonweed)
- Taxonomic Tree
- Notes on Taxonomy and Nomenclature
- Distribution Table
- Risk of Introduction
- Host Plants and Other Plants Affected
- Biology and Ecology
- Notes on Natural Enemies
- Similarities to Other Species/Conditions
- Prevention and Control
- Distribution Maps
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IdentityTop of page
Preferred Scientific Name
- Borreria latifolia (Aubl.) K. Schum. 1888
Preferred Common Name
- broadleaf buttonweed
Other Scientific Names
- Borreria alata (Aublet) DC.
- Borreria bartilingiana DC.
- Borreria perrottettii DC.
- Borreria scaberrima Bold.
- Spermacoce coerulescens Aublet
- Spermacoce latifolia Aubl. (1775)
International Common Names
- Spanish: canse mozo
Local Common Names
- Brazil: erva-quente
- Indonesia: emprak; goletrak; jukut minggu; katumpang; Letah ayam
- Malaysia: Rumput setawar
- Thailand: Kradum bai yai
- BOILF (Borreria latifolia)
Taxonomic TreeTop of page
- Domain: Eukaryota
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Phylum: Spermatophyta
- Subphylum: Angiospermae
- Class: Dicotyledonae
- Order: Gentianales
- Family: Rubiaceae
- Genus: Borreria
- Species: Borreria latifolia
Notes on Taxonomy and NomenclatureTop of page
The Bayer code for B. latifolia is BOILF (Bayer, 1992). This code is accepted by the Weed Science Society of America in their publications.
The most recent accurate review of B. latifolia and B. alata is by Tjitrosoedirdjo (1992).
DescriptionTop of page
A branched herb, prostrate, ascendent or erect, usually branched from the base, stems fleshy, 4-winged, about 75 cm tall; leaves opposite, elliptical, broadest above the middle, tip broadly and shortly pointed, base tapered, variable in size about 2.5-5.0 cm long and 2.5 cm wide, thick, hairy on both sides, short leafstalk; leaf base joined with cup-shaped stipules with bristles on edges. Inflorescence in leaf axils, 0.6-1.2 cm across, off white, each flower with hairy calyx of four sepals; stamens 4 and stigma forked; flowers throughout the year; fruit hairy, splitting into two pairs to release seeds.
The seedling has the following characteristics (Henderson, 1974; Soerjani et al., 1987):
Hypocotyl 15-23 mm long, papillate, reddish green. Cotyledons 2; stipules hairy, inter-petiolar; petiole 2-2.5 mm, glabrous, green to reddish green, blade broadly ovate, 9.5-11.5 by 9.5-10 mm, glabrous, mid-nerve distinct, base obtuse, margin entire, apex shallowly emarginate. Epicotyl 3-4.5 mm long, 4-winged and hairy. First leaves 2, with inter-petiolar stipules; stipule 3-lobate, hairy; petiole about 1 mm long, densely hairy; blade ovate to narrowly ovate, 10.5-19.0 by 5-8.5 mm, short and hairy, pinnately nerved, based attenuate to obtuse, margin entire, short and hairy, apex subacuminate.
DistributionTop of page
B. latifolia is a common weed in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Introduced in Java, it has become naturalised in Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan and Sulawesi (Soerjani et al., 1987; Tjitrosoedirdjo, 1992). In Malaysia, it is distributed throughout the Peninsula and is found in Sarawak and Sabah (K.F.Kon & F.W.Lim, Ciba Plant Protection, Malaysia, personal communication, 1996). It is also widely distributed in Thailand (Harada et al., 1987).
Distribution TableTop of page
The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.Last updated: 12 May 2022
|Continent/Country/Region||Distribution||Last Reported||Origin||First Reported||Invasive||Reference||Notes|
|Côte d'Ivoire||Present, Localized|
|China||Present||Present based on regional distribution.|
|Indonesia||Present, Widespread||Original citation: Soerjani, 1987|
|Sri Lanka||Present, Localized|
|Costa Rica||Present, Localized|
|Netherlands Antilles||Present, Localized|
|Australia||Present||Introduced||1962||As: Spermacoce latifolia|
|-Goias||Present||Original citation: Lorenzo, 1982|
|-Mato Grosso do Sul||Present|
|-Rio Grande do Norte||Present|
|-Rio Grande do Sul||Present|
Risk of IntroductionTop of page
HabitatTop of page
It is a common weed in sugarcane, rubber, oil palm, orchards, tea, chinchona, cassava and many annual upland crops such as maize, soybean and rice (Holm, 1982; Alcantara and Carvalho, 1983; Barnes and Chan, 1990; Tjitrosemito, 1990; Tjitrosoedirdjo, 1992; Suryaningtyas and Terry, 1993; Tiw et al., 1994; Kon et al., 1995).
Host Plants and Other Plants AffectedTop of page
|Allium cepa (onion)||Liliaceae||Main|
|Camellia sinensis (tea)||Theaceae||Main|
|Elaeis guineensis (African oil palm)||Arecaceae||Main|
|Glycine max (soyabean)||Fabaceae||Main|
|Hevea brasiliensis (rubber)||Euphorbiaceae||Main|
|Manihot esculenta (cassava)||Euphorbiaceae||Main|
|Oryza sativa (rice)||Poaceae||Main|
|Saccharum officinarum (sugarcane)||Poaceae||Main|
|Theobroma cacao (cocoa)||Malvaceae||Main|
|Vigna radiata (mung bean)||Fabaceae||Main|
|Zea mays (maize)||Poaceae||Main|
|Zoysia matrella (Manila grass)||Poaceae||Unknown|
Biology and EcologyTop of page
Seeds that have been extracted from soils from oil palm and rubber plantations were 26-29% viable (Ismail et al., 1995). In rubber, the seed density was 26-70 per m<2>, but 242-1553 per m<2> in oil palm. It favours more open conditions. This is evident when flushes of seedlings emerge after the destruction of the previous vegetation by glyphosate and glyphosate mixtures (Khairuddin and Teoh, 1992; Lam et al., 1993).
B. latifolia can also spread vegetatively.
Notes on Natural EnemiesTop of page
ImpactTop of page
B. latifolia in large numbers competes with crops for nutrients and water. It reduced the dry weight and height of young rubber by 12 and 17%, respectively (Chee, 1994). Together with other species, the critical period of competition in rubber is 4-6 weeks after transplanting (Suryaningtyas and Terry, 1993). In upland rice, the critical period of competition is 4-8 weeks after sowing (Tjitrosoedirdjo, 1992). However, it did not affect the growth of tea according to Soedarsan et al. (1976).
Similarities to Other Species/ConditionsTop of page
Salamero et al. (1997) provide a valuable guide to 13 related weeds in the Rubiaceae occurring in West Africa, based on vegetative characters. The two species closest to B. latifolia vegetatively are Spermacoce ocymoides (=Borreria ocymoides), which differs in generally having smaller, more slender stem and leaves with stem angle scabrid, and white to pinkish flowers; and Diodia sarmentosa with only stem angles pubescent, instead of hairy all round as in B. latifolia.
Prevention and ControlTop of page
Due to the variable regulations around (de)registration of pesticides, your national list of registered pesticides or relevant authority should be consulted to determine which products are legally allowed for use in your country when considering chemical control. Pesticides should always be used in a lawful manner, consistent with the product's label.Regulatory control
B. latifolia is not a quarantine weed per se in South-East Asia. Yet this weed could spread to Borreria-free countries or islands in this region via contaminated feed, grain, seed and live animal trade. Stringent quarantine procedures need to be instituted to prevent the spread of Borreria.
Cultivation by hoeing, ploughing or rotovation reduces the surface seeds and germination of B. latifolia. In six seasons of investigations in a maize/soybean/upland rice rotation at Rembau, Malaysia, infestations of B. latifolia decreased significantly in tilled soil, but it remained dominant in a zero-tillage system (Tiw et al., 1994; Kon et al., 1995). Also in Indonesia, tillage controlled B. latifolia (Bangun et al., 1986).
There is no published information on the biological control of this weed.
There are a range of chemical control methods. In general, the triazines, substituted ureas and dinitroanilines applied pre-emergence can control B. latifolia well. The effective post-emergence herbicides are 2,4-D, paraquat, glufosinate, picloram, diphenyl ethers, imidazolinones and sulfonylureas.
Herbicides and types of treatment used against B. latifolia in different crops are listed below.
Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis), rubber (Hevea brasiliensis)
Post-emergence: glyphosate+picloram (Sabudin and Teng, 1986), glyphosate+linuron, linuron (Yang, 1978), glyphosate+terbuthylazine, glufosinate, paraquat, metsulfuron (Lim et al., in press).
Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum)
Post-emergence: paraquat+diuron, glufosinate+diuron (Suwanarak et al., 1988)
Pre-emergence: atrazine (Tiw et al., 1994)
Post-emergence: terbuthylazine (Kon et al., 1995)
Pre-emergence: imazethapyr, pendimethalin, imazethapyr+pendimethalin (Tjitrosemito, 1990)
Post-emergence: imazethapyr (Tjitrosemito, 1990)
Soil incorporated: dinitramine+diuron, trifluralin+diuron (Victoria et al., 1982)
Pre-emergence: diethatyl (Cruz and Lederman, 1981)
Post-emergence: lactofen (Gomes et al., 1991)
Post-emergence: oxyfluorfen (Sanusi and Sabur, 1987)
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