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This species is accepted, and its native range is Nigeria, SW. Ethiopia to S. Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree to 4(7) m; young branches ± 4-angled, dark green, finely antrorsely whitish sericeous or densely so (rarely tomentellous), soon glabrescent, older branches brownish.
Morphology Leaves
Mature leaves subglabrous to densely puberulous or sericeous, densest on midrib and large veins; petiole to 5 cm long; lamina ovate to elliptic or narrowly so, largest 11.5–25 × 4–9 cm; apex acuminate to cuspidate (rarely acute or obtuse), base attenuate, decurrent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers solitary, subsessile, in axillary dorsiventral 1–4(5.5) cm long racemoid cymes, or from old branches below leaves; peduncle 0.3–1.5 cm long (to lowermost bract with red margin), with a number of small sterile bracts, sparsely to densely sericeous; rachis with similar indumentum; fertile bracts imbricate or not, green with broad pale red to claret margin, ovate to elliptic or narrowly so, 0.7–1.7(2) × 0.3–0.7 cm, apex acute or subacute, base truncate or cuneate, subglabrous to sericeous; bracteoles absent, rarely present, filiform to 2 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx green with broad pale red to claret margins, 8–13 mm long, fused to ± middle but sometimes to within 2–3 mm of apex, subglabrous to sparsely puberulous or sericeous, densest along broad midrib, ciliate; lobes triangular, acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla dark claret to crimson (very rarely white), 3–4.2 cm long, glabrous; tube 1–1.4 cm long, 2–4 mm wide; upper lip 2–3 cm long, lower lip 2–3 cm long, with 3 minute lobes c.1 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Filaments 2–3 cm long; thecae 3–4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule with placentae rising elastically from base at maturity and splitting from outer wall, each valve usually splitting longitudinally from base, 4-seeded, 1.6–1.9 cm long, glabrous or sparsely puberulous near apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds densely reticulate-verrucose when young and with transverse fold, ± smooth and without fold at maturity, triangular-conical in shape, c.4 × 3 mm.
Distribution
Also in Nigeria, Sudan, Ethiopia, D.R. Congo, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
Ecology
In intermediate and montane (rarely lowland) evergreen forest and riverine forest, often a dominant understorey shrub; 20–2000 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Widespread; not threatened.

Native to:

Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Anisotes pubinervius (T.Anderson) Heine appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 2013 Abeid, Y.S. [2938], Tanzania K000662491
Timberlake, J. [5051], Mozambique K000613430
Malawi Metarungia pubinervia K000378975 Unknown type material
Holst, C. [9063], Tanzania Metarungia pubinervia K000378976
Kirk, J. [s.n.], Malawi Metarungia pubinervia K000378974 Unknown type material

First published in Fl. Gabon 13: 189 (1966)

Accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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.

Not accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Metarungia pubinervia.]

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in Fl. Gabon 13: 189 (1966).
  • —Vollesen in F.T.E.A., Acanthaceae 2: 654 (2010).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Flora Zambesiaca 8(6): 1-314. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Fischer, E., Rembold, K., Althof, A. & Obholzer, J. (2010). Annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Kakamega forest, Western province, Kenya Journal of East African Natural History 99: 129-226.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Hedberg, I., Kelbessa, E., Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Persson, E. (eds.) (2006). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 5: 1-690. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.

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