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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect to procumbent much branched perennial or shrubby herb with creeping branched rootstock; stems up to 1 m long, sparsely to densely and finely sericeous or puberulous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves with the smaller 1/2–2/3 of larger; lamina narrowly elliptic or narrowly oblong, largest 4–8 × 0.9–1.8 cm, margin entire or some with 1–2 indistinct teeth near base, subglabrous to sparsely sericeous or uniformly puberulous, densest along midrib.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Heads on upper part of stems only; peduncle up to 4 cm long, indument as branches; axes puberulous; floral leaves and outer bracts lanceolate to narrowly ovate, up to 2(–3) cm long, subglabrous to puberulous, no capitate glands; inner bracts similar, up to 19 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals puberulous (sericeous-pubescent along veins), no capitate glands; dorsal elliptic-obovate, 15–17 mm long, apical part ligulate with acute apex (rarely with truncate to retuse apex with 3 small teeth or with central vein forking near tip to give two terminal teeth); ventral ovate-elliptic, 13–15 mm long, with slightly ligulate apical part, with 2 acute teeth up to 2 mm long; lateral 10–12 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla bright blue or mauvish blue, 23–30 mm long of which the tube 3–6 mm; limb distinctly 3-lobed, callus ribbed and with 3 very distinct apical flanges.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 5–7 mm long; appendage ± 1 mm long, broadly rounded, not curved; anthers 4–5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ± 9 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed not seen.
Distribution
Range: Kenya. Range: Not known elsewhere Flora districts: K4 K7 Range: Not known elsewhere
Ecology
Damp shallow depressions on sandy soil in coastal bushland, hot springs, dry Acacia-Commiphora bushland; 0–50(–1000) m
Note
Napper 1936 has the central vein in the dorsal sepal forking near the tip to give two apical teeth, but this is probably best considered an abnormality. In Makin 416 the dorsal sepal is truncate or retuse with two small lateral teeth.

Native to:

Kenya

Blepharis pratensis S.Moore appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Nov 1, 2007 Festo, L. [2668], Kenya K000438387
Jan 1, 1997 Hildebrandt, J.M. [1906], Kenya K000394323 isotype

First published in J. Bot. 15: 294 (1877)

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

  • F.T.A. 5: 99 (1899), quoad specim. ex Kenya
  • J.B. 15: 294 (1877)
  • Lebrun & Stork, Enum. Pl. Afr. Trop. 4: 474 (1997)
  • P.O.A. C: 369 (1895)
  • Vollesen, Blepharis: 265 (2000).

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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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