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  1. Family: Acanthaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Blepharis Juss.
      1. Blepharis chrysotricha Lindau

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

    Acanthaceae (part 1), Kaj Vollesen, Flora of Tropical East Africa, 2008

    Habit
    Scandent or scrambling subshrub to 2 m tall; young stems sparsely sericeous-puberulous, hispid.
    Leaves
    Leaves: lamina ovate to elliptic, largest 7–9.5 × 3–4.2 cm, margin entire or with distant mucronate teeth, slightly scabrid, subglabrous to sparsely pubescent or pilose, densest on vein.
    Inflorescences
    Spikes solitary or more usually clustered towards end of branches and then subtended by small bract-like leaves, persistent; bracts whitish with conspicuous green veins, elliptic to obovate, puberulous to pubescent or sparsely so along veins and margins, terminating in a recurved bristle and on each side with 6–8 scabrid bristles 3–7 mm long; outer pair 7–12 mm long, second pair (7–)10–16 mm long, third pair (12–)15–19 mm long, inner pair 20–25 mm long; bracteoles 25–30 mm long.
    Calyx
    Sepals finely sericeous-puberulous or pubescent towards base (rarely also on veins), greenish or brownish towards apex; dorsal ovate-elliptic, 28–33 mm long, with long ligulate apical part, acute; ventral similar, 22–25 mm long; lateral 16–20 mm long.
    Corolla
    Corolla blue (rarely white or pale magenta); tube 12–14 mm long; limb 25–30 mm long, callus with 1 or 3 apical flanges.
    Filaments
    Filaments 12–14 mm long, glabrous; appendage ± 0.5 mm long, broadly rounded; anthers 5.5–7.5 mm long.
    Fruits
    Capsule ± 15 mm long, 4-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seed ± 6 × 5 mm.
    Distribution
    Range: Tanzania. Flora districts: T5 T6 T7 T8 Range: Not known elsewhere Range: Not known elsewhere
    Ecology
    Dry coastal forest and thicket, Acacia-Commiphora bushland, dry riverine forest, on sandy soil or on rocky slopes; (50–)700–1200 m
    Note
    Even though the type of Blepharis chrysotricha was destroyed in Berlin, there can be no doubt as to its identity. No other Tanzanian species in sect. Blepharis has the large bracts and corolla described combined with long anthers with a very short tooth.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Blepharis chrysotricha Lindau appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1997 Greenway [2401], Tanzania K000394267 neotype
    Jan 1, 1997 Hornby [1], Tanzania K000394265 isotype
    Jan 1, 1997 Hornby [1], Tanzania K000394266 holotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 20: 32 (1894)

    Accepted by

    • Vollesen, K. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae(1): 1-285.
    • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Vollesen, Blepharis: 171 (2000).
    • Lebrun & Stork, Enum. Pl. d’Afr, Trop. 4: 473 (1997)
    • F.T.A. 5: 101 (1899)
    • P.O.A. C: 370 (1895)
    • E.J. 20: 32 (1894)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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