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

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub to 3 m tall; young branches pale yellowish, with 4 ridges running down from petiole base, densely and finely whitish antrorsely sericeous, soon glabrescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves glabrous when mature, finely sericeous when young, densely so on petiole; petiole ill-defined, to 3 cm long; lamina ovate or broadly so, largest 8–12 × 4–6 cm; apex acute, base attenuate, decurrent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers solitary or in 3-flowered cymules (or 1 + 2 aborted buds) towards base of cyme, in axillary dorsiventral 2.5–5 cm long racemoid cymes from upper part of branches, often aggregated to a large pseudo-panicle; peduncle 1.5–2.5 cm long, densely and finely antrorsely sericeous or puberulous; rachis with similar indumentum; bracts imbricate, pale green or yellowish green with conspicuously darker green venation and a well-defined paler margin, ovate or broadly so, 2.5–3 × 1.3–1.8 cm, sparsely sericeous-puberulous, densest on veins, apex acuminate to cuspidate, base cordate basally in cyme to truncate or cuneate towards tip, margin distinctly crinkly; bracteoles similar in colour and indumentum, ovate, 2–2.5 × 0.7–1.2 cm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 6–7 mm long, divided to 2–3 mm from base, finely uniformly antrorsely sericeous or sericeous-puberulous; lobes narrowly triangular, acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla greenish yellow to dirty orange yellow or brownish yellow, 2.7–3.1 cm long, retrorsely sericeous with sharply bent hairs and stalked capitate glands; tube 0.9–1.2 cm long, 3–4 mm wide; upper lip 1.8–2 cm long, lower lip 1.5–1.8 cm long, lobes 2–3 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Filaments 1.8–2 cm long; thecae c.3 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 2–4-seeded, c.2.3 cm long, densely glandular puberulous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c.6.5 × 6.5 mm, discoid, smooth and glabrous, with weak ridge on inside.
Distribution
Also in Tanzania.
Ecology
In riverine scrub, alluvial Acacia bushland and grassland, and on rocky slopes; 600–1200 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Fairly widespread; not threatened.

Native to:

Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Anisotes bracteatus Milne-Redh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Greenway, P.J. [2407], Tanzania K000378852 Unknown type material

First published in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 33: t. 3268 (1935)

Accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2010). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae (Part 2): 287-756.
  • Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Flora Zambesiaca 8(6): 1-314. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in Hooker's Icon. Pl: t.3268 (1935).
  • —Vollesen in F.T.E.A., Acanthaceae 2: 653 (2010).
  • —White, For. Fl. N. Rhod.: 381 (1962).

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