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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Central Tanzania.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Procumbent perennial herb; stems up to 20 cm long, with a narrow band of finely sericeous hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves: lamina lanceolate, largest 2.5–4 × 0.3–0.5 cm, margin entire, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Spikes solitary, dispersed whole when mature; bracts purplish brown, ovate to elliptic, puberulous and ciliate, with a reflexed tip about half the length of the bract, this tip ending in a bristle and on each side without or with 1–2(–5) smooth or indistinctly scabrid bristles 0.5–1.5 mm long; lower pair (excl. tip) 3–4 mm long, second pair 5–6 mm long, third pair 7–8 mm long, inner pair 8–10 mm long; bracteoles absent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepal colour and indumentum as bracts; dorsal ovate-elliptic, 10–12 mm long, narrowing gradually to the acute apex; ventral similar, 9–11 mm long, with two subulate teeth; lateral 9–10 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla mauve, 11–13 mm long of which the tube 4–5 mm, callus on limb without apical flanges.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments ± 1 mm long, ± included in tube, glabrous; appendage broadly rounded, almost as long as the 2–2.5 mm long anthers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule (fide Mildbraed) ± 7 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed (fide Mildbraed) ± 6 × 5 mm.
Distribution
Range: Tanzania. Range: Not known elsewhere Flora districts: T6 Range: Not known elsewhere
Ecology
Brachystegia woodland on sandy soil; 400 m
Note
Closely related to Blepharis involucrata from which it differs in being a perennial herb with smaller glabrous leaves and in the recurved bract-tip without or with 1–2(–5) short, smooth or indistinctly scabrid bristles per side. Only known from this collection. The isotype of var. pinnatispina shows all transitions from no lateral bristles on the recurved bract-tip (var. refracta) to having 1–2(–5) bristles per side (var. pinnatispina).

Native to:

Tanzania

Blepharis refracta Mildbr. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 11: 821 (1933)

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

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Vollesen, K. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae(1): 1-285.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Lebrun & Stork, Enum. Pl. Afr. Trop. 4: 473 (1997)
  • N.B.G.B. 11: 821 (1933)
  • Vollesen, Blepharis: 210 (2000).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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/
© Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

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/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0