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This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Tanzania to S. Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect unbranched (rarely branched) single-stemmed annual herb; stems up to 20 cm long, hispid-pubescent or sparsely so when young and with a band of puberulous hairs (rarely subglabrous).
Morphology Leaves
Leaves subequal or smaller down to 2/3 of larger; lamina linear-lanceolate to narrowly ovate or narrowly elliptic, largest 5–19(–23) × 0.2–1.5(–2) cm, margin entire, glabrous to sparsely hispid-puberulous or -pubescent, densest along midrib, scabrid on margins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Heads globose, in axils of cotyledons or towards tip of stems, more rarely along whole length, subsessile; axes sericeous or sparsely so; floral leaves and outer bracts lanceolate to narrowly ovate, up to 2 cm long, with up to 4 spreading teeth per side, subglabrous to finely sericeous (sometimes pubescent to pilose along veins) and with few to many capitate glands, ciliate, with central and 2 lateral veins but without transverse ladder-like veins; inner bracts similar, up to 1.5 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals uniformly sericeous-puberulous or sparsely so, with usually dense long capitate glands; dorsal ovate or narrowly so, 15–24 mm long, narrowing gradually to apex or with slightly ligulate apical part, apex acute to truncate, with large central tooth and without or with 2(–4) small subterminal teeth, no lateral teeth, secondary veins conspicuously raised, leaving under straight narrow angles; ventral elliptic-obovate, 13–19 mm long, not ligulate, deeply bifid (teeth 5–7 mm long), with 1–2 central teeth and 1–3 lateral teeth per side, veins similar; lateral 13–20 mm long, with 3–7 small apical teeth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla blue or mauve, 12–16 mm long of which the tube 3–5 mm; limb obovate-spathulate, 5–7 mm wide, deeply 3-lobed; callus with 2 strong lateral ribs, central almost absent; filaments 2–4 mm long, sparsely glandular; appendage ± 1 mm long, rounded, strongly curved; anthers 2–3 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 8–11 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed 6–8 × 4–6 mm.
Distribution
Range: Congo-Kinshasa, Angola, Zambia, Malawi Range: Tanzania. Range: Congo-Kinshasa, Angola, Zambia, Malawi Flora districts: T4
Ecology
In tall mature Brachystegia woodland on sandy to loamy soil; 950–1350 m
Note
In Shaba province of Congo Blepharis menocotyle has been recorded as an indicator-species for soils with high contents of cobalt, copper and manganese.

Native to:

Angola, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

Blepharis menocotyle Milne-Redh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1997 Milne-Redhead, E. [537], Zambia K000394235 holotype

First published in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 32: t. 3198 (1933)

Accepted by

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • 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.
  • Vollesen, K. (2013). Flora Zambesiaca 8(5): 1-184. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Hook., Ic. Pl. 32: t. 3198 (1933)
  • Lebrun & Stork, Enum. Pl. Afr. Trop. 4: 473 (1997)
  • Vollesen, Blepharis: 281 (2000).

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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