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This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya to Kwazulu-Natal.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Trailing or scandent subshrub, branches 15–350 cm long; stems buff- or yellowish-strigulose, usually with shorter ± retrorse hairs when young.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves often somewhat anisophyllous, (ovate-)elliptic or somewhat obovate, 1.7–7.3 × 0.7–3 cm, base attenuate, apex subattenuate to obtuse or rounded, ± apiculate, surfaces strigose, hairs most numerous on margin and veins beneath; lateral veins 4–6 pairs; petiole 4–11 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence axillary, flowers solitary or in a 2–3-flowered contracted unilateral cyme; peduncle to 2.5 mm long; bracteoles linear or oblanceolate, 1.5–10(17) × 0.2–1.5(3) mm, not spiny, entire; pedicels 0.5–5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx initially green(-brown), soon turning glossy brown, accrescent; anterior lobe broadly ovate, (8.5)15–23 × (5.5)9–14 mm in flower, up to 30 × 23 mm in fruit, base rounded or cordate, apex acute- or obtuse-apiculate, rarely emarginate, margin (sub)entire, veins and margin sparsely strigulose particularly towards base, hairs along margin sometimes with swollen base; posterior lobe as anterior but (10)17–29 mm long in flower, to 35 mm in fruit, apex acute-apiculate; lateral lobes lanceolate, 4–7 mm long in flower.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla (33)38–61 mm long, bright red to rose-pink, glandular- and eglandular-pilose or sparsely so externally; tube (22)26–38 mm long, campanulate above attachment point of stamens; limb in 4+1 arrangement; abaxial lobe (10)15–21 × 9–17 mm, offset by (3)4.5–9.5 mm; lateral lobes (9)12–17 × 8–14 mm; adaxial lobes (8)11–15.5 × 5.5–10.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens attached ± midway along corolla tube; filaments (14)16–22 mm long; anthers 2.5–3.5 mm long; lateral staminodes 1–3 mm long, pilose, antherodes 0.5–1.2 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary glabrous; stigma subcapitate, 0.4–0.7 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 15–19 mm long, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 3.8–5 mm long and wide.
Distribution
Also in coastal Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal).
Ecology
Coastal scrub and woodland, understorey and margins of dry coastal forest, Brachystegia thicket, on sandy soils including stabilised sand dunes; 0–175 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Common along the Mozambique coast; assessed as Least Concern in F.T.E.A.

Native to:

Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Tanzania

Introduced into:

Brazil South, Florida, Hawaii, India, Leeward Is., Puerto Rico

Barleria repens Nees appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Mar 20, 1897 Forbes [s.n.], Tanzania K000394433 isolectotype
Mar 11, 1897 Forbes [s.n.], Mozambique K000394495 Unknown type material
Bojer [s.n.], Tanzania K000394432

First published in A.P.de Candolle, Prodr. 11: 230 (1847)

Accepted by

  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.
  • Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2010). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae (Part 2): 287-756.
  • Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Flora Zambesiaca 8(6): 1-314. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Franck, A.R., Anderson, L.C., Burkhalter, J.R. & Dickman, S. (2016). Additions to the flora of Florida, U.S.A. (2010-2015) Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 10: 175-190.
  • Funez, L.A. & al. (2017). Fifty-five new records of vascular plants, and other discoveries for the flora of Santa Catarina, southern Brazil Webbia; Raccolta de Scritti Botanici 72: 221-275.
  • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.
  • Oppenheimer, H. & Bustamente, K.M. (2014). New Hawaiian plant records for 2013 Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 115: 19-22.
  • Shendage, S.M. & Yadav, S.R. (2010). Revision of the genus Barleria (Acanthaceae) in India Rheedea 20: 81-130.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in De Candolle, Prodr. 11: 230 (1847) in part, excl. Bojer s.n.
  • —Bandeira et al., Fl. Nat. Sul Moçamb.: 160, 192 (2007).
  • —Clarke in F.T.A. 5: 166 (1899) in part, excl. Bojer s.n.
  • —Clarke in Fl. Cap. 5: 54 (1901).
  • —Darbyshire in F.T.E.A., Acanthaceae 2: 354 (2010).
  • —Hooker in Bot. Mag. 113: t.6954 (1887) in part, excl. Wakefield s.n.
  • —Obermeijer in Ann. Transv. Mus. 15: 168 (1933).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.
  • Franck, A.R., Anderson, L.C., Burkhalter, J.R. & Dickman, S. (2016). Additions to the flora of Florida, U.S.A. (2010-2015) Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 10: 175-190.
  • Funez, L.A. & al. (2017). Fifty-five new records of vascular plants, and other discoveries for the flora of Santa Catarina, southern Brazil Webbia; Raccolta de Scritti Botanici 72: 221-275.
  • Oppenheimer, H. & Bustamente, K.M. (2014). New Hawaiian plant records for 2013 Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 115: 19-22.
  • Shendage, S.M. & Yadav, S.R. (2010). Revision of the genus Barleria (Acanthaceae) in India Rheedea 20: 81-130.

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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