|Etymology||Genus||Small (Micro) flower spike (stachys), referring to the male inflorescence|
|Species||Low; referring to the plant's short form|
|Synonyms||Cnemidostachys chamaelaea (L.) Spreng., Tragia chamaelea L., Sebastiania chamaelea (L.) Müll.Arg.|
|Common Names||Creeping Sebastiania|
|Native Distribution||Central Africa, China, India, Sri Lanka, Indochina, Malesia|
Microstachys chamaelea is an erect herb normally not more than 30cm tall. The alternately arranged leaves are lanceolate and have very fine serrated margins. The diagnostic feature is the tri-lobed fruit with (often) reddish spines.
Form of the Creeping Sebastiania
The male flowers arranged on a spike (left) and the fruit (right)
The leaves are lanceolate.
The leaf margin is finely serrated.