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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect shrubby perennial herb; stems up to 50 cm tall, sparsely and finely sericeous when young with antrorse hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves drying blackish, subequal; lamina ovate to elliptic, largest 8–12 × 2–3.5 cm, margin entire, glabrous or with a few appressed hairs along midrib.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Heads elongated, on upper part of stems; peduncle up to 2 cm long, puberulous or finely sericeous; axes puberulous, no capitate glands; floral leaves and outer bracts narrowly ovate or narrowly elliptic, up to 2.5 cm long, puberulous, with few to many stalked capitate glands; inner bracts similar or elliptic, up to 2 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals puberulous or sericeous-puberulous, with scattered capitate glands, ciliate; dorsal ovate-elliptic with ligulate apical part, 20–24 mm long, apex acute, 1-toothed, no lateral teeth; ventral elliptic, not ligulate, 18–20 mm long, shallowly bifid, central and lateral teeth absent; lateral ± 17 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla pale blue, 28–35 mm long of which the tube 6–8 mm; limb distinctly 3-lobed, below with dense brown capitate glands, callus as in B. affinis.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 8–10 mm long, glabrous; appendage 1–1.5 mm long, broadly rounded, slightly curved; anthers ± 5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule and seed not seen.
Distribution
Range: Tanzania. Flora districts: T6 T8 Range: Not known elsewhere Range: Not known elsewhere
Ecology
Probably coastal bushland or grassland; 0–25 m
Note
The stems have upwardly directed hairs, the leaves are wider, the peduncle and inflorescence axis are puberulous, the dorsal and ventral sepals lack lateral teeth and the appendage on the anterior stamens is shorter. Related to Blepharis affinis but clearly distinct.

Native to:

Tanzania

Blepharis tanzaniensis Vollesen appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1997 Bally, P.R.O. [16921], Tanzania K000394319 holotype

First published in Blepharis (Acanthac.) Taxon. Revis.: 273 (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: 273 (2000).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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