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This species is accepted, and its native range is Mozambique to Mpumalanga.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Spiny suffrutex 10–30 cm tall, 1 to several erect branches from a woody base; stems with fine white retrorse hairs mainly arranged in two opposite-decussate rows.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves linear or narrowly oblong, 3–6 × 0.5–1 cm, base cuneate, apex acute, mucronate, surfaces yellowish-hispid particularly on veins beneath and margin, hairs along margin with a ± bulbous base, with few to numerous fine white retrorse hairs when young; lateral veins 3–4 pairs; petiole 0–3 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence axillary, single-flowered, sessile; bracteoles spinose, green with paler margin, 12–21 × 1–1.5 mm, margin entire or with 1–3 lateral teeth; pairs persisting at lower nodes as paired axillary spines, then whitish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx green with paler margin, later scarious; anterior lobe ovate-elliptic or lanceolate, 12–18 × 3.5–5 mm, margin with 6–9 stiff spines 1–3 mm long ending in a bristle, apex spinose or bifidly so, surface with sparse to numerous fine crisped or straight white hairs particularly along margin, with sparse stiff yellowish hairs along main veins; posterior lobe as anterior but 15–21 mm long, apex long-spinose; lateral lobes linear-lanceolate, 6.5–9 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 19–24 mm long, blue (according to Lindau), sparsely pubescent externally; tube 12–14.5 mm long, throat campanulate; limb subregular; abaxial lobe 6.5–8.5 × 5.5 mm; lateral lobes 7–10 × 4.5–5 mm; adaxial lobes as lateral pair but 3.5–4 mm wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens attached c.5 mm from base of corolla tube; filaments c.10 mm long; anthers c.1.7 mm long; lateral staminodes 1.3–1.7 mm long, pubescent, antherodes 0.7 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary with apical ring of minute crisped hairs; style glabrous; stigma subcapitate, 0.3–0.4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule c.13 mm long, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c.4.5 × 4 mm.
Distribution
Also in Swaziland and South Africa (Mpumalanga).
Ecology
Open grassy shrubland with sparse Acacia trees on compacted, rugged ground; c.300 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Very rare, known from only three localities; recently (2012) confirmed to occur in Swaziland. Habitat data suggests it is tolerant of some disturbance; possibly threatened.

Native to:

Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland

Barleria oxyphylla Lindau appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Schlechter [11813], South Africa K000394590 Unknown type material

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 38: 69 (1906)

Accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Flora Zambesiaca 8(6): 1-314. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in Bot Jahrb. Syst. 38: 69 (1905).
  • —Obermeijer in Ann. Transv. Mus. 15: 158 (1933).

Kew Backbone Distributions

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

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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