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

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Pungent shrub up to 20 cm tall, fairly much branched
Morphology Stem
Young stems greyish green, densely pubescent with c. 0.1 mm long spreading to appressed hairs
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades narrowly obovate, finely ciliate-dentate, up to 12–20 x 5–8 mm, fairly densely pubescent with somewhat antrorse up to 0.8 mm long hairs all over or sometimes mainly along margins, apex mucronate with spine up to c. 1–2.5 mm, base attenuate; petiole indistinct, up to c. 3 mm long; leaves on axillary shoots asymmetric, pungent with no or reduced blade, up to 13 x 9 mm, consisting of 1 long apical spine and mostly 2 lateral basal spines on one side, the longer up to c. 8 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers single in upper leaf-axils; bracts leaf-like; bracteoles with reduced blade, asymmetric, up to 14 x 11 mm including up to 12 mm long apical spine and 2–3 lateral spines, mostly on the outer margin
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx somewhat scarious; outer lobes similar but upper one with apical spine up to c. 6 mm long, lanceolate-mucronate, with about 3–5 pairs of up to 5 mm long lateral spines, up to 19–20 x 12–14 mm including spines; inner lobes lanceolate, up to c. 9 x 1.6 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white to pale blue, opening at evening, turning dark on drying, 25–40 mm long including up to c. 30 mm long tube, widened and funnel-like in upper part
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 4, with 2-celled anthers; staminode 1
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 4-seeded with a short beak, up to at least 12 mm long, glabrous.
Distribution
S1; Kenya
Ecology
Altitude range c. 230 m.
Note
B. spinisepala is easily recognized by its characteristic outer calyx with lateral spines, but it may ultimately be regarded as an extreme form of B. paolii. Similar forms are also known from southern Ethiopia. First record for Somalia.

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania

Barleria delamerei S.Moore appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Oct 1, 2007 Napier, E.R. [755], Kenya K000394430 holotype
Oct 1, 2007 Napier, E.R. [755], Kenya K000394431 holotype

First published in J. Bot. 38: 206 (1900)

Accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2010). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae (Part 2): 287-756.
  • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2010). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae (Part 2): 287-756.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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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