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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to Namibia.
Blepharis tenuiramea S.Moore

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect to procumbent single-stemmed unbranched or slightly branched annual herb; stems up to 40 cm long, hispid-pubescent or sparsely so with shiny many-celled hairs and sometimes with a band of puberulous hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves with the subequal or smaller pair 2/3 of larger; lamina linear to narrowly ovate-elliptic, largest 4–15 × 0.2–1.5 cm, margin on or some or all with 1–3 small teeth per side in basal half, subglabrous to hispid-pubescent along midrib, hispid-puberulous above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Heads dense or elongated and up to 7 cm long, near base or towards tip of stems, sessile (rarely with peduncle up to 1(–2) cm long); axes sericeous-puberulous, with scattered stalked capitate glands; floral leaves and outer bracts lanceolate to ovate-elliptic, up to 7 cm long, finely sericeous-puberulous, with few to many capitate glands; inner bracts similar, up to 2.5 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals puberulous or sparsely so, often also with pilose hairs, with capitate glands; upper ovate-elliptic or narrowly so, 14–21 mm long, narrowing gradually or with slightly ligulate apical part, apex acute, with 1–3 lateral teeth per side; lower elliptic-obovate, 12–19 mm long, not or slightly ligulate, deeply bifid, with or without central and with 1–3 lateral teeth per side; lateral 10–18 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla pale to dark blue to mauve, 15–26 mm long of which the tube 2–6 mm; limb distinctly 3-lobed, below with scattered capitate glands, callus with 3 equally strong ribs, with 2 strong lateral apical flanges, central weak.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 2–6 mm long, broad pair or all with long hairs on inside, all sparsely glandular; tooth 1–3 mm long, tapering to a rounded tip, curved; anthers 2.5–4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 8–13 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed ± 7 × 5.5 mm.
Distribution
Range: Congo-Kinshasa, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia Range: Tanzania. Flora districts: T4 T5 T7 Range: Congo-Kinshasa, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia
Ecology
Combretum bushland on rocky limestone slope, Brachystegia woodland on grey clayey loam, Acacia bushland on sandy-loamy soil, old rice fields, roadside ditches; 900–1350 m

Native to:

Botswana, Caprivi Strip, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Blepharis tenuiramea S.Moore appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1997 Rogers, F.A. [8006], Zambia K000394236 isotype
Bidgood, S. [6272], Tanzania K000468153
Bidgood, S. [6106], Tanzania K000468319
Bidgood, S. [6019], Tanzania K000468406
Bidgood, S. [5926], Tanzania K000468499
Bidgood, S. [6150], Tanzania K000468275

First published in J. Bot. 38: 205 (1900)

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.
  • Vollesen, K. (2013). Flora Zambesiaca 8(5): 1-184. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Vollesen, K. (2013). Flora Zambesiaca 8(5): 1-184. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Binns, Check list Herb. Fl. Malawi: 12 (1968)
  • F.T.A. 5: 512 (1900)
  • J.B. 38: 205 (1900)
  • Lebrun & Stork, Enum. Pl. Afr. Trop. 4: 474 (1997)
  • Vollesen, Blepharis: 278 (2000).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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