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

[FTEA]

Acanthaceae (part 1), Kaj Vollesen, Flora of Tropical East Africa, 2008

Morphology General Habit
Scandent or scrambling subshrub to 2 m tall; young stems sparsely sericeous-puberulous, hispid.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves: lamina ovate to elliptic, largest 7–9.5 × 3–4.2 cm, margin entire or with distant mucronate teeth, slightly scabrid, subglabrous to sparsely pubescent or pilose, densest on vein.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Spikes solitary or more usually clustered towards end of branches and then subtended by small bract-like leaves, persistent; bracts whitish with conspicuous green veins, elliptic to obovate, puberulous to pubescent or sparsely so along veins and margins, terminating in a recurved bristle and on each side with 6–8 scabrid bristles 3–7 mm long; outer pair 7–12 mm long, second pair (7–)10–16 mm long, third pair (12–)15–19 mm long, inner pair 20–25 mm long; bracteoles 25–30 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals finely sericeous-puberulous or pubescent towards base (rarely also on veins), greenish or brownish towards apex; dorsal ovate-elliptic, 28–33 mm long, with long ligulate apical part, acute; ventral similar, 22–25 mm long; lateral 16–20 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla blue (rarely white or pale magenta); tube 12–14 mm long; limb 25–30 mm long, callus with 1 or 3 apical flanges.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 12–14 mm long, glabrous; appendage ± 0.5 mm long, broadly rounded; anthers 5.5–7.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ± 15 mm long, 4-seeded.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed ± 6 × 5 mm.
Distribution
Range: Tanzania. Flora districts: T5 T6 T7 T8 Range: Not known elsewhere Range: Not known elsewhere
Ecology
Dry coastal forest and thicket, Acacia-Commiphora bushland, dry riverine forest, on sandy soil or on rocky slopes; (50–)700–1200 m
Note
Even though the type of Blepharis chrysotricha was destroyed in Berlin, there can be no doubt as to its identity. No other Tanzanian species in sect. Blepharis has the large bracts and corolla described combined with long anthers with a very short tooth.

Native to:

Tanzania

Blepharis chrysotricha Lindau appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1997 Hornby [1], Tanzania K000394265 isotype
Jan 1, 1997 Hornby [1], Tanzania K000394266 holotype
Jan 1, 1997 Greenway [2401], Tanzania K000394267 neotype

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 20: 32 (1894)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.
  • Vollesen, K. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae(1): 1-285.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • E.J. 20: 32 (1894)
  • F.T.A. 5: 101 (1899)
  • Lebrun & Stork, Enum. Pl. d’Afr, Trop. 4: 473 (1997)
  • P.O.A. C: 370 (1895)
  • Vollesen, Blepharis: 171 (2000).

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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/
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