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

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrubby herb, up to c. 20 cm tall; young stems puberulous
Morphology Leaves
Leaves linear to narrowly elliptic or narrowly obovate, up to 15–35(–50) x 2–8 mm, glabrous to sparsely pubescent, particularly along margins, with entire margin
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Spikes solitary, persistent; bracts in 4 pairs, ovate to elliptic, glabrous to sparsely puberulous, ending in short recurved mucro, with entire margin or with one 0.5–1 mm long tooth on each side, the inner pair of bracts 4–7 mm long, the other pairs shorter; bracteoles absent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx glabrous to sparsely puberulous, the upper lobe 7–10(–12) mm long, with subacute and mucronate tip, the lower lobe 6–8(–10) mm long, with 2 obtuse teeth at the apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla blue or bluish purple, 8–11 mm long; tube 3–4 mm long; limb 4–5 mm wide.
Distribution
S3; E Kenya
Ecology
Altitude range c. 50 m.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Densely branched cushion-forming subshrub; stems up to 20(–30) cm long, finely sericeous-puberulous in a single band (rarely uniformly), soon glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves: lamina linear to narrowly elliptic or narrowly obovate, largest 1.5–3.5(–5) × 0.2–0.8 cm, margin entire, glabrous to sparsely hispid-pubescent, densest along margins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Spikes solitary, persistent; bracts whitish to yellowish brown, ovate to elliptic, glabrous to sparsely sericeous-puberulent (rarely puberulous along midrib), terminating in a short recurved mucro and on each side entire or with one smooth lateral tooth 0.5–1 mm long; lower pair 1–2 mm long (sometimes absent), second pair 2–3.5 mm long, third pair 3–6 mm long, inner pair 4–7 mm long; bracteoles absent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals glabrous to finely and sparsely sericeous-puberulous, colour as bracts; dorsal elliptic, 7–9.5(–12) mm long, with long ligulate apical part, subacute and mucronate; ventral similar, 6–8(–10) mm long, with two short broad obtuse teeth (sometimes almost obsolete); lateral 3.5–6(–7) mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla pale blue to deep blue or bluish purple, 8–11 mm long of which the tube 3–4 mm; callus without flanges or with a single indistinct one.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 1–2 mm long, ± included in tube; appendage ± 0.5 mm long, broadly rounded; anthers 0.5–2 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 4–5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed 3–4 × 3 mm.
Distribution
Range: Somalia Range: Kenya. Flora districts: K1 K4 K7 Range: Somalia
Ecology
Acacia-Commiphora bushland on sandy to loamy alkaline to saline soils in places liable to seasonal flooding; 30–250(–600) m

Native to:

Kenya, Somalia

Blepharis tanae Napper appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1997 Lucas, G.Ll. [21], Kenya K000394264 holotype

First published in Kew Bull. 24: 328 (1970)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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

  • Fl. Somalia 3: 383 (2006).
  • K.B. 24: 328 (1970)
  • Kuchar, Pl. Somalia (CRDP Techn. Rep. Ser., no. 16): 245 (1986)
  • Lebrun & Stork, Enum. Pl. Afr. Trop. 4: 474 (1997)
  • Vollesen, Blepharis: 194 (2000)

Flora of Somalia
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