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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to N. Tanzania.

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Dwarf shrub or shrubby herb, up to 0.75 m tall; young stems pubescent
Morphology Leaves
Leaves linear-lanceolate to oblong-elliptic or narrowly ovate or obovate, up to 4–40 x 1–7(–12) mm, glabrous to pubescent, often scabrid with short bulbous-based hairs, with entire or occasionally spiny and often revolute margin
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Spikes solitary, persistent; bracts in 4 pairs, oblong-elliptic, puberulous and with longer hairs near apex, ending in a 1–6(–8) mm long recurved bristle and on each side with 1–5 0.5–6 mm long bristles, all bristles with short deflexed hairs, the inner pair of bracts 6–13 mm long, the other pairs shorter; bracteoles 7–17 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx ± sparsely puberulous and ciliate, the upper lobe 11–25(–28) mm long, with ± acuminate tip, the lower lobe 10–22 mm long, with 2 teeth at the apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla blue, purplish or sometimes yellowish or whitish, 16–32 mm long; tube 4–7 mm long; limb 5–11 mm wide.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect to spreading or procumbent subshrub or shrub, often forming cushions; stems up to 75 cm long (occasionally longer if growing through other plants), puberulous or sericeous-puberulous or sparsely so, sometimes only in a broad band.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves: lamina linear-lanceolate to elliptic, narrowly ovate or narrowly obovate, largest 0.8–4 × 0.2–0.7(–1.2) cm, often only partly developed at time of flowering, margin entire, glabrous to puberulous, scabrid, usually with dense white dots (bulbous bases of hairs that have rubbed off).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Spikes solitary, persistent; bracts oblong or oblong-elliptic, puberulous or sparsely so, pilose along margin near apex, terminating in a recurved bristle and on each side with (1–)3–5(–6) finely scabrid and minutely glochidiate bristles 0.5–6 mm long; lower pair 2–5 mm long, second pair 4–7.5 mm long, third pair 5–10 mm long, inner pair 7–13 mm long; bracteoles (9–)10–17 mm long, with a terminal bristle 2–6 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals puberulous or sparsely so, veins sometimes pubescent, ciliate; dorsal ovate-elliptic or narrowly so, (14–)17–25(–28) mm long, with slightly ligulate apical part or narrowing gradually to the cuspidate to subacute apex (rarely with 1–2 small lateral teeth), apical part purplish to brownish; ventral similar, 13–22 mm long, with two long apical teeth; lateral 9–18 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla pale blue to deep blue or bluish purple, with darker veins, 19–32 mm long of which the tube 4–7 mm; callus with 3 apical flanges.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 6–10 mm long, glabrous; appendage ± 1 mm long, broadly rounded; anthers 3–5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 9–11 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed ± 6 × 5 mm, ovoid.
Distribution
Range: Tanzania. Range: Ethiopia Range: Kenya. Flora districts: K3 K4 K6 K7 T2 T3 Range: Ethiopia
Ecology
Acacia-Commiphora bushland and grassland, usually on rocky slopes but also on alluvial soils in flat areas; 250–2150 m
Note
Even though the original collection is no longer extant, there is no doubt that Blepharis hildebrandtii is the correct name for what has for a long time been called B. fruticulosa. This is the only species occurring around Voi which fits the original description (subshrub, linear white-dotted leaves, large solitary flowers). The neotype fits the diagnosis in all respects except for slightly wider leaves.

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania

Blepharis hildebrandtii Lindau appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 20: 29 (1894)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.
  • Hedberg, I., Kelbessa, E., Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Persson, E. (eds.) (2006). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 5: 1-690. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Vollesen, K. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae(1): 1-285.

Literature

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, (2000) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Blundell, Wild Fl. E. Afr.: 388 & pl. 847 (1987)
  • E. & P. Pf. IV, 3b: 317 (1895)
  • E.J. 20: 29 (1894)
  • F.E.E. 5: 361 (2006).
  • P.O.A. C: 369 (1895)
  • U.K.W.F. ed. 2: 274 (1994)
  • Vollesen, Blepharis: 163 (2000)

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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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