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This species is accepted, and its native range is Burundi to SE. DR Congo and NW. & W. Tanzania.

[KBu]

Darbyshire, I. (2008). A reassessment of Barleria sect. Cavirostrata (Acanthaceae) in tropical Africa, with a new species, B. richardsiae, described from the Tanzania–Zambia border region. Kew Bulletin 63: 601. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12225-008-9081-3

Conservation
This species is widespread along the western fringes of Tanzania and is well-collected there despite limited botanical exploration in that region. It has been recorded as locally common at both Katonga (Gobbo & Zacharia 152) and Mkweni (Burtt 5553). Its abundance in Congo is unknown, though it is probably under-recorded there, and is also likely to be present in the under-collected miombos of NE Zambia. Extensive areas of suitable habitat remain intact within its range and it appears tolerant of minor disturbance. It is therefore not considered threatened and is assessed as of Least Concern (LC) under IUCN (2001) criteria.
Distribution
W Tanzania (Flora of Tropical East Africa regions T 1 & 4); SE Congo-Kinshasa, Burundi.
Ecology
Barleria grandipetala is recorded from similar habitats to B. richardsiae, being found in miombo (Brachystegia, Julbernardia and/or Parinari) woodland and bushland and associated grassland at 800 – 1500 m alt. It appears tolerant of some habitat disturbance, having being recorded from degraded bushland (Bidgood & Vollesen 3042, K!).
Note
This rather poorly known species was mistakenly placed in section Somalia by Balkwill & Balkwill (1997). The error is likely to have stemmed from the fact that they had seen only a photograph of the holotype (Balkwill 1993). The terminal synflorescence of this species with large, somewhat imbricate bracts is indeed reminiscent of sect. Somalia, but the calyx, corolla and fruit morphology clearly place it close to Barleria descampsii.
Type
Congo-Kinshasa, Katanga, Descamps s.n. (holotype BR!, photo. K!).

Native to:

Burundi, Tanzania, Zaïre

Barleria grandipetala De Wild. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Bidgood, S. [5755], Tanzania K000468669

First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. État Bruxelles 5: 10 (1915)

Accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I. (2008 publ. 2009). A reassessment of the status of Barleria sect. Cavirostrata (Acanthaceae) in tropical Africa, with a new species, B. richardsiae described from the Tanzania-Zambia border region Kew Bulletin 63: 601-611. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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. (2008 publ. 2009). A reassessment of the status of Barleria sect. Cavirostrata (Acanthaceae) in tropical Africa, with a new species, B. richardsiae described from the Tanzania-Zambia border region Kew Bulletin 63: 601-611. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
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 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

Kew Bulletin
Kew Bulletin
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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