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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & 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 perennial herb 60–200 cm tall; stems glabrous or uppermost internodes minutely pubescent on two opposite sides.
Morphology General Spines
Axillary spines absent or minute, 4-rayed, stalk to 0.8 mm long, longest ray 1–4.5 mm long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves ovate or elliptic, 4.3–13 × 2.3–6 cm, base attenuate, apex acute, obtuse or attenuate, apiculate, glabrous or margin and veins, sparsely strigose beneath; petiole 7–23 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a cylindrical or subcapitate strobilate terminal spike 3–12 cm long, each cymule 1-flowered, sessile; bracts ovate or upper pairs elliptic, 14–23 × 7–14 mm, apex acute or shortly attenuate, mucronate, surface densely pubescent with mixed short eglandular and glandular hairs, some longer ascending hairs especially along veins; bracteoles elliptic to lanceolate, 7–13.5 × 2–3.5(5) mm, base attenuate, apex acuminate to cuspidate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Outer calyx lobes subequal, (ovate-)elliptic, anterior lobe 10.5–13.5 × 8–10.5 mm (flattened); posterior lobe 12–14.5 mm long, both with a strongly revolute margin, apex shortly attenuate, indumentum as bracts but glandular hairs very dense, venation subparallel; lateral lobes 11.5–13.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla (23.5)27.5–37 mm long, yellow, orange or salmon-coloured, pubescent externally; tube (10.5)13–16 mm long; limb in 4+1 arrangement; abaxial lobe (8.5)10–16 × (6)8–11.5 mm, offset by 3.5–7 mm; lateral lobes as abaxial but 5–11 mm wide, adaxial lobes 4.5–10.5 mm wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens with filaments (9)14–20 mm long, pubescent in proximal two-thirds; anthers 2.4–3.8 mm long; lateral staminodes 0.7–1.5 mm, pilose, antherodes 0.9–1.3 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary puberulous; style pubescent at base; stigma 0.8–1.3 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 16.5–18 mm long, puberulous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c.8.5–9 × 7 mm.
Distribution
Also in NE South Africa and Swaziland.
Ecology
Bushland and woodland on rocky hillslopes and gullies, riverine bushland and secondary grassland; 20–650 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Scarce in our region but locally common in N South Africa and habitat not threatened; Least Concern.

Native to:

KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Dec 29, 1899 Galpin, E.E. [887], South Africa K000394534 Unknown type material
2795.000

First published in W.H.Harvey & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Cap. 5: 51 (1901)

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 Fl. Cap. 5: 51 (1901).
  • —Bandeira et al., Fl. Nat. Sul Moçamb.: 160, 191 (2007).
  • —Compton, Fl. Swaziland: 552 (1976).
  • —Fabian & Germishuizen, Wild Fl. Nthn. S. Afr.: 396, pl.190 (1997).
  • —Obermeijer in Ann. Transv. Mus. 15: 144 (1933).

Kew Backbone Distributions

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

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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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