1. Family: Acanthaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Barleria L.
      1. Barleria ameliae A.Meeuse

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical Africa to Mpumalanga.

    [FZ]

    Flora Zambesiaca Acanthaceae (part 2) by Iain Darbyshire, Kaj Vollesen and Ensermu Kelbessa

    Habit
    Perennial herb or subshrub 15–120 cm tall, erect or decumbent, often rooting at lower nodes; stems glabrous or minutely puberulous; woody stems with pale grey or sandy bark.
    Spines
    Axillary spines small, 4-rayed, stalk to 1 mm long, longest ray 2–7 mm long.
    Leaves
    Leaves elliptic(-obovate), 4.8–10.5 × 1.6–4.7 cm, base cuneate-attenuate, long-decurrent, apex acute or attenuate, mucronulate, margin, midrib and veins strigose beneath, glabrescent; petiole to 13 mm.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence axillary or a ± weakly defined terminal spike, 2.5–22 cm long, lax or rarely congested, each cymule 1- or 3-flowered, sessile; bracts ± spreading, lower pairs foliaceous, reducing upwards where oblanceolate, 11–38(48) × 2.5–15 mm, apex acute or shortly attenuate, mucronate, hairs as leaves beneath or more widespread; bracteoles white-green, lanceolate-spinose, 2.5–10.5 × 0.8–1.2 mm.
    Calyx
    Outer calyx lobes subequal, ovate or lanceolate, anterior lobe 10.5–14(16.5) × 3–5.5 mm, posterior lobe 11–17(20) mm long, apex acute or attenuate, spinose, anterior lobe sometimes notched, surface strigose, rarely with a few minute glandular hairs towards apex, venation parallel, prominent in fruit; lateral lobes 10–14 mm long.
    Corolla
    Corolla 27–40 mm long, yellow, orange or apricot, pubescent externally; tube 10–18 mm long; limb in 4+1 arrangement; abaxial lobe 9–14 × 5–7.5 mm, offset by 4.5–8 mm; lateral and adaxial lobes subequal, 11–16 × 6.5–8.5 mm or adaxial lobes narrower, minimum 4.5 mm wide.
    Stamens
    Stamens with filaments 11.5–21 mm long, pubescent in proximal two-thirds; anthers 2.5–4 mm; lateral staminodes 1.3–2 mm, pubescent, antherodes c.1 mm.
    Ovary
    Ovary glabrous or minutely hairy; style glabrous; stigma linear, 0.7–1.1 mm long.
    Fruits
    Capsule 13–16 mm long, glabrous or sparsely and minutely hairy.
    Seeds
    Seeds 7–8 × 4.5–6 mm.
    Distribution
    Not known elsewhere.
    Ecology
    Mainly in mopane and Acacia woodland on sandy soils, and dry open riverine forest and thicket; 100–1100 m.
    Conservation
    Conservation notes: Widespread but patchily distributed, can be locally common or abundant in dry woodland; Least Concern.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Caprivi Strip, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Barleria ameliae A.Meeuse appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    May 1, 2010 Killick, D.J.B. [3391], Namibia K000394536 isotype
    May 1, 2010 Killick, D.J.B. [3391], Namibia K000394535 isotype

    First published in Bothalia 7: 443 (1961)

    Accepted by

    • Darbyshire, I., Tripp, E.A. & Chase, F.M. (2019). A taxonomic revision of Acanthaceae tribe Barlerieae in Angola and Namibia. Part 1 Kew Bulletin 74(5): 1-85. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Not accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Barleria prionitis subsp. ameliae.]

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • in Bothalia 7: 443 (1961).
    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Darbyshire, I., Tripp, E.A. & Chase, F.M. (2019). A taxonomic revision of Acanthaceae tribe Barlerieae in Angola and Namibia. Part 1 Kew Bulletin 74(5): 1-85. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Flora Zambesiaca 8(6): 1-314. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0