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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Procumbent perennial herb with several stems from woody rootstock; stems up to 30 cm long, pubescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves leathery, glossy, smaller ± 2/3 of larger; lamina ovate to elliptic, largest 1.5–4.8 × 0.7–1.9 cm, margin entire or some with 1–2 small teeth per side, pubescent or sparsely so beneath (densest on midrib), subglabrous to sparsely pubescent above, ciliate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Heads on upper part of stems, globose, subsessile; axes finely puberulous and with sparse to dense capitate glands; floral leaves and outer bracts lanceolate to elliptic, up to 18 mm long, indumentum similar; inner bracts similar, up to 32 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals purplish towards tip, puberulous and with scattered capitate glands (densest towards base), ciliate; dorsal ovate-elliptic, 18–29 mm long (mucro 1–2 mm), narrowing gradually to the acuminate apex, no lateral teeth; ventral similar, 18–26 mm long, with slightly ligulate apical part, with 2(–3) acuminate teeth 2–4 mm long, no lateral teeth; lateral 15–21 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla pale blue to bright blue, (22–)26–33 mm long of which the tube 4–8 mm; limb obovate-spathulate, 14–22 mm wide, distinctly 3-lobed, hairy all over upper surface; callus with 3 equally strong ribs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 5–9 mm long, glabrous or sparsely glandular; appendage 0.5–1.5 mm long, broadly rounded; anthers 3.5–5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule and seed not seen.
Distribution
Range: Tanzania. Range: Not known elsewhere Flora districts: T7 Range: Not known elsewhere
Ecology
Montane grassland, lawns; 1750–1950 m
Note
Its habit has enabled it to survive and even prosper on the fairways of the golf-course at Mufindi. Immediately recognisable by the combination of procumbent habit, broad leathery leaves and the very fine glandular indumentum on bracts and sepals. Only known from nine collections from two small areas in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. This is the only area where it has been collected recently and a large healthy population is still found here.

Native to:

Tanzania

Blepharis ilicifolia Napper appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1997 Milne-Redhead, E. [11060], Tanzania K000394322 holotype

First published in Kew Bull. 24: 330 (1970)

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

  • K.B. 24: 330 (1970)
  • Lebrun & Stork, Enum. Pl. Afr. Trop. 4: 473 (1997)
  • Vollesen, Blepharis: 269 (2000).

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Kew Backbone Distributions
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