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This species is accepted, and its native range is N. & Central Tanzania.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect or decumbent annual herb; stems up to 5 cm long, sparsely puberulous to sparsely sericeous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves subequal or smaller pair 3/4 of larger; lamina lanceolate to narrowly oblong, largest 2.5–5.2 × 0.3–0.5(–0.8) cm, margin entire or some with a single tooth near base, sparsely puberulous on both sides, densest on midrib and margins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Heads slightly elongated, with less than 10 flowers, sometimes reduced to 2(–1) flowers, at base of stem or in axils of cotyledons, subsessile; axes finely sericeous; floral leaves linear to lanceolate, up to 2.2 × 0.3 cm, straight, glabrous to finely sericeous, margin with hard spines up to 1.5 mm long; inner bracts linear-lanceolate, up to 1.5 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals green or tinged purplish, with dark green veins, straw-coloured towards base, glabrous to finely sericeous, ciliate towards apex; dorsal elliptic, 10–14 mm long, narrowing gradually to an acute apex, no lateral teeth; ventral elliptic, 10–13 mm long, with 2 cuspidate teeth 1–3 mm long, no lateral teeth; lateral 9–12 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla pale to dark blue, 12–13 mm long of which the tube ± 3 mm; limb obovate, ± 5 mm wide, distinctly 3-lobed, central lobe longer, subacute; callus not ribbed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 3–4 mm long, exserted, glabrous; appendage ± 0.5 mm long, brooadly rounded, strongly curved.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ± 7 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed ± 5 × 4 mm.
Distribution
Range: Tanzania. Range: Not known elsewhere Range: Not known elsewhere Flora districts: T2 T5
Ecology
Acacia bushland on grey sandy soil and on grey crumbling clay, degraded Itigi Thicket; 1250–1750 m
Note
Known only from these collections. One of the few species in sect. Scorpioidea which occurs outside the Zambesian Brachystegia associations. It is closest to the following species and to the southern African Blepharis leendertziae, another species which interestingly enough also mainly occurs outside the Zambesian Domain.

Native to:

Tanzania

Blepharis pusilla Vollesen appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Bidgood, S. [6167], Tanzania K000468258
Bidgood, S. [6143], Tanzania K000468282
Bidgood, S. [4395], Tanzania K000394251 holotype

First published in Blepharis (Acanthac.) Taxon. Revis.: 243 (2000)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919.
  • Vollesen, K. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae(1): 1-285.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Vollesen, K. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae(1): 1-285.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Blepharis: 243 (2000).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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