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  1. Family: Acanthaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Barleria L.
      1. Species: Barleria crassa C.B.Clarke
        1. Barleria crassa subsp. ramulosoides I.Darbysh.

        This subspecies is accepted, and its native range is Zambia.

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

    Diagnostic
    subsp. nov. Differs from subsp. crassa and subsp. mbalensis in the outer calyx lobes being elliptic or obovate with base cuneate, not ovate with base rounded, truncate or cordate, and in having prominent apical spines on the young leaves.
    Leaves
    Leaves with spine tip conspicuous at least when young, typically 1–2 mm long.
    Calyx
    Young calyx pale green to mauve(-brown), outer lobes broadly elliptic or obovate, 10.5–15 × 5–7.5(9) mm, base attenuate or cuneate, margin denticulate to spinulose-dentate; lateral lobes 4–7.5 mm long.
    Corolla
    Corolla blue or purple, sparsely pilose externally; tube 15–22 mm long; abaxial and lateral lobes 9–14 mm long; adaxial lobes 6–9.5 mm long.
    Staminodes
    Lateral staminodes 1.2–2.8 mm long, with pilose hairs throughout or at base only; antherodes minute, 0.2–0.4 mm long.
    Distribution
    Not known elsewhere.
    Ecology
    Rocky slopes and hill summits, including in miombo woodland; 1200–1650 m.
    Conservation
    Conservation notes: Known from only 7 collections in EC and NE Zambia, it is clearly scarce but is found in a largely unthreatened habitat; not threatened.

    Distribution

    Other Data

    Barleria crassa subsp. ramulosoides I.Darbysh. appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Fl. Zambes. 8(6): 55 (2015)

    Accepted by

    • Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Flora Zambesiaca 8(6): 1-314. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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/
    © 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 2020. 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