these two herbaceous plants share a similar look when holding their blooms close to heart. but taking closer looks to the plants and their information, they have their separate worlds.
飛揚草 asthma plant (euphorbia hirta) – 植物界 kingdom | 被子植物門 magnoliophyta division | 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida class | 金虎尾目 malpighiales order | 大戟科 euphorbiaceae family | 大戟屬 euphorbia genius | 種 species: 飛揚草 e. hirta 《醫學百科》
asthma plant is an annual herbaceous. it has hairy stems and leaves. leaves are in pair with purplish markings, elliptical and with dentate margin. the petal-lacking flowers are unisexual and found in axillary cymes at each leaf node. the fruit is a capsule with three compartments, each containing a reddish-brown seed. This asthma plant in the photo seems to be having flower and fruit at the same time.
闊葉豐花草 borreria (spermacoce latifolia) – 龍膽目 gentianales order | 茜草科 rubiaceae family | 豐花草屬 borreria genus | species: spermacoce latifolia
borreria looks more delicate compare with asthma plant. but in terms of plant type, it can grow to a sub-scrub. this plant embraces a structural beauty. stem and branches are quadrangular in shape. leaves stipules are interpetiolar, broad and hairy with five large and five small teeth. flowers are in faint lavender, calyx lobe margins fimbriate. fruits are in hairy capsules.