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

[FTEA]

Acanthaceae (part 2), Kaj Vollesen. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2008

Type
Type: Mozambique, Rios de Sena, Peters s.n. (B†, holo.). Neotype: Mozambique, Mocuba District: Namagoa, Faulkner P.317 (K!, neo.; BR!, COI!, EA!, K!, P!, PRE!, S!, SRGH!, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Erect perennial or shrubby herb to 40 cm tall, from creeping woody rhizome; young stems puberulous or sparsely so
Morphology Leaves
Leaves in pseudo-whorls of 4, sessile or petiole up to 1 cm long; lamina usually abruptly narrowed (lyrate) below middle, more rarely gradually narrowed, upper part ovate to elliptic, largest 11.5–21 × 4.5–10 cm, entire or slightly crenate, apex subacute to broadly rounded, sparsely puberulous, densest on veins
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Spikes 4–25 cm long; peduncle 1–17 cm long, sparsely to densely puberulous; fertile bracts 15–21 mm long, narrowly ovate, glumaceous, green with a broad white margin when young, becoming frayed with age, glabrous to finely puberulous, with several parallel longitudinal veins, no reticulum; bracteoles glumaceous, elliptic, 9–14 mm long, with a fine terminal bristle 1–2 mm long, finely puberulous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals ovate, terminating in a bristle 1–2 mm long, puberulous towards tip, dorsal and ventral 6–9 mm long, lateral ± 2 mm shorter. Corolla pale peach or salmon pink; tube 2–3 cm long, slightly widened above insertion of stamens, slightly bent; limb 1.3–1.8 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style hairy
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 9–11 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed 3–4 × 3–4 mm
Figures
Fig 23, p146
Ecology
Woodland and wooded grassland, often on termite mounds, usually in shade; 200–900 m
Note
C. pubescens is no more than a form of C. puberula with a slightly denser indumentum than usual, especially on peduncles and bracts. It is also a pyrophytic rosette herb, but both subglabrous pyrophytic plants and hairy subshrubs have been seen, and – as no other differences have been found – it seems best only to recognise one taxon. Faulkner P.317 from Mozambique has been particularly useful in illustrating the variation possible within a single population.
Distribution
Range: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe Flora districts: T6 T8

Native to:

Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Crossandra puberula Klotzsch appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1987 Faulkner, H. [s.n.], Mozambique K000394633 neotype
Jan 1, 1987 Faulkner, H. [s.n.], Mozambique K000394635
Jan 1, 1987 Faulkner, H. [s.n.], Mozambique K000394636
Jan 1, 1987 Faulkner, H. [14987], Mozambique K000394634
Buxton, P.A. 17153.000
Munch, R.C. [1], Zimbabwe 2807.000

First published in W.C.H.Peters, Naturw. Reise Mossambique 6(1): 214 (1861)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. 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

  • F.T.A. 5: 117 (1899)
  • Fl. Pl. Afr. 28: pl. 1098 (1951)
  • K.B. 45: 521 (1990)
  • Lebrun & Stork, Enum. Pl. Afr. Trop. 4: 476 (1997).
  • Opera Bot. 59: 80 (1980)
  • P.O.A. C: 370 (1895)
  • Peters, Reise Mossamb. Bot. 1: 214 (1861)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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