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This species is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe to Limpopo.
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 shrublet (45)90–300 cm tall; young stems with dense pale dendritic hairs, often yellow-buff on uppermost internodes, white or cream below; woody stems glabrescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves ovate to broadly so, 5–14 × 3–9 cm, base rounded above a short attenuate portion, apex acute or shortly attenuate, surfaces at first white-felty with dense dendritic hairs, sometimes yellow-buff beneath, hairs ± falling early, mature leaves sometimes glabrescent above, more persistent beneath particularly on veins; lateral veins 4–6 pairs, prominent beneath; petiole 8–23 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence subglobose, 2.7–5.5 cm in diameter, bracts, bracteoles and calyx green at first with purple margin, apex and blotching, turning brown-scarious except sometimes the outer bracts; outermost 2(4) pairs of bracts imbricate, largely enclosing rest of inflorescence, broadly ovate, 24–40(50) × 18–30(38) mm, surface with unevenly distributed white dendritic hairs most dense along midrib and towards base and margin, pinnate-reticulate venation conspicuous; bracts rapidly reducing in size inwards, those towards outside of head 21–37 × 3.5–9 mm, spathulate or obovate, the innermost linear and down to 13 × 1.5 mm; bracteoles linear to oblong-oblanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, 17.5–30(38) × 1.5–5 mm, ascending, margin and midrib with numerous long antrorse bulbous-based hairs, sometimes with a stellate base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Anterior calyx lobe oblong-ovate to obovate, 17–27 × 5.5–11 mm, base cuneate, apex bifid with divergent triangular lobes 2.5–8.5 mm long, venation palmate or subparallel, prominent, surface with long bulbous-based antrorse hairs numerous along margin, sometimes with a stellate base; posterior lobe ovate to lanceolate, 15.5–23 × 5.5–9 mm, apex acuminate, hairs along margin as for anterior lobe, external surface elsewhere largely glabrous; lateral lobes linear-lanceolate, 9–11.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 45–68 mm long, white, glabrous externally; tube cylindrical, 27–37 mm long, curved, barely widened at mouth; each lobe 14–25 mm long, abaxial lobe widest, 7.5–14.5 mm wide, offset by 3.5–7.5 mm, adaxial lobes narrower, 6.5–12 mm wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens attached ± midway along corolla tube; filaments 28–35 mm long; anthers 4–4.8 mm long; lateral staminodes 3–4 mm long, pubescent towards base, antherodes 0.6–0.9 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary glabrous; style puberulous at base; stigma 2.5–3.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 12.5–16 mm long, shortly beaked, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 6.5–8 × 6–7.5 mm.
Distribution
Also in South Africa (Limpopo).
Ecology
Amongst boulders or on rocky or sandy soil, often in partial shade of dry woodland and riverine thickets; 400–1450 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Rather local with scattered distribution, common around Matopos in W Zimbabwe (Plowes 1439, 1687 notes "a very common shrub round bases of drier kopjes in the Matopo hills"); Least Concern.

Native to:

Botswana, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Zimbabwe

Barleria albostellata C.B.Clarke appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Feb 22, 1897 Holub, E. [1397], Zimbabwe K000394507 Unknown type material
South Africa 25921.000

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 5: 162 (1899)

Accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Flora Zambesiaca 8(6): 1-314. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in F.T.A. 5: 162 (1899).
  • —Codd in Fl. Pl. Afr. 29: t.1138 (1952).
  • —Fabian & Germishuizen, Wild Fl. Nthn. S. Afr.: 392, pl. 188 (1997).
  • —Obermeijer in Ann. Transv. Mus. 15: 177 (1933).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Flora Zambesiaca 8(6): 1-314. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora Zambesiaca
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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