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This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect to procumbent annual or short-lived perennial herb; stems up to 25 cm long, puberulous to pubescent or densely so.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves with the smaller 1/2–2/3 of larger; lamina linear-lanceolate, largest 4–8 × 0.2–0.7 cm, margin entire (rarely with a single tooth near base), uniformly puberulous or sparsely so on both sides.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Heads on upper part of stems only; peduncle up to 3.5 cm long, indumentum as stems; axes puberulous; floral leaves and outer bracts lanceolate, up to 3 cm long, puberulous and finely ciliate, no capitate glands; inner bracts lanceolate to ovate-elliptic, up to 18 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals sericeous-puberulous, no capitate glands; dorsal ovate-elliptic, 13–15 mm long, apical part ligulate, apex acuminate, no lateral teeth; ventral similar, 10–12 mm long, with 2 acute teeth up to 1.5 mm long, no lateral teeth; lateral 8–11 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla bright blue, 19–22 mm long of which the tube 3–5 mm; limb distinctly 3-lobed, callus not ribbed, with 3 distinct apical flanges.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 4.5–6 mm long, glabrous; appendage 1–1.5 mm long, broadly rounded, not curved; anthers 3.5–4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule and seed not seen.
Distribution
Range: Not known elsewhere Range: Kenya. Flora districts: K7 Range: Not known elsewhere
Ecology
On sandy to clayey soil in shallow damp depressions in coastal bushland, roadsides; 0–50 m
Note
This grows together with Blepharis pratensis, and in the herbaria the two have been confused. It differs in usually being annual, in the linear leaves, spreading indumentum and smaller flowers.

Native to:

Kenya

Blepharis kenyensis Vollesen appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1997 Graham, R.M. [1630], Kenya K000394324 holotype
Jan 1, 1997 Graham, R.M. [1630], Kenya K000394325 isotype

First published in Blepharis (Acanthac.) Taxon. Revis.: 263 (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

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Blepharis: 263 (2000).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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