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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tanzania to N. Mozambique.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect to procumbent perennial herb from woody rootstock; stems up to 60 cm long, pilose with long many-celled glossy hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves subequal or smaller 3/4 of larger; lamina narrowly elliptic (lower) to linear-lanceolate, largest 8.5–11 × 0.5–1 cm, margin entire or some with 1–2 teeth per side in lower half, sparsely pilose on both sides.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Heads on upper part of stems or along the whole length, subsessile or peduncle up to 1(–2) cm long, pilose; axis sparsely pilose; floral leaves and outer bracts lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, up to 3 cm long, sparsely to densely pilose with long many-celled hairs, no capitate glands; inner bracts similar, tinged purplish towards apex, 13–18 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals purplish on veins and towards apex, sparsely pilose and long-ciliate; dorsal ovate-elliptic, 17–25 mm long, narrowing gradually to the acute apex or with ligulate apical part and then subacute to rounded, no lateral teeth; ventral similar, with slightly ligulate apical part, 15–22 mm long, with 2 cuspidate teeth, no lateral teeth; lateral 13–19 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla lavender, 15–30 mm long of which the tube 3–7 mm; limb distinctly 3-lobed, callus ribbed apically and with 3 distinct apical flanges.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 6–10 mm long, with scattered glands near top; appendage ± 2 mm long, broadly rounded, slightly curved; anthers ± 4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule and seed not seen.
Distribution
Range: Tanzania. Range: Mozambique Flora districts: T8 Range: Mozambique
Ecology
Acacia- Brachystegia boehmi wooded grassland on concrete-like clayey hardpan; 875 m
Note
Known only from this collection and two from N Mozambique Easily recognised by the indumentum of long pilose hairs.

Native to:

Mozambique, Tanzania

Blepharis torrei Vollesen appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1997 Milne-Redhead, E. [10122], Tanzania K000394320 holotype
Jan 1, 1997 Milne-Redhead, E. [10122], Tanzania K000394321 isotype

First published in Blepharis (Acanthac.) Taxon. Revis.: 269 (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.
  • Vollesen, K. (2013). Flora Zambesiaca 8(5): 1-184. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

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

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Blepharis: 269 (2000).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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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