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


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

Type: Tanzania, Lushoto District: Usambara Mts, Kongeni, Buchwald 94 (B†, holo.; BM!, BR!, COI!, K!, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Much branched shrubby herb or subshrub to 1 m tall, with several stems from a woody rootstock; stems puberulent to sericeous-puberulent or finely sericeous or sparsely so (rarely with scattered capitate glands)
Morphology Leaves
Leaves elliptic to obovate, largest 1.5–5 × 0.6–1.9 cm, apex rounded to truncate with a small triangular tooth, subglabrous to densely and uniformly puberulent (or denser along veins)
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in condensed to somewhat lax 1–7-flowered axillary cymes or solitary towards tip of branches; peduncle and branches 1–4(–6) mm long; outer bracts elliptic, up to 1.5 cm long; inner bracts and bracteoles filiform to linear, up to 5 mm long, indumentum as leaves
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx subglabrous to puberulent or sericeous-puberulent, often with short (shorter than hairs) capitate glands intermixed, 6–10(–14 in fruit) mm long; teeth 2–4(–6) mm long, shorter than tube (rarely same length)
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla slightly 2-lipped, bright blue to deep purple, with darker spots and lines at base of lower lip, tube yellowish, puberulent or sparsely so and with scattered capitate glands, 19–27 mm long of which the linear tube 7–11 mm, the throat 7–9 mm long and 6–9 mm across apically, the limb 4–7 mm long, limb shorter than throat (rarely same length); lobes oblong-obovate, erect or deflexed in lower lip
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Free part of filaments 3–5 mm long, hairy near base, glabrous upwards; anthers 1–2 mm long, spurs less than 1/4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 11–13 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed ± 2.5 mm long.
Combretum wooded grassland, Acacia-Combretum-Dobera thicket clumps in tall grassland, semi-deciduous lowland forest, dry riverine forest, on orange loamy to dark grey loamy to clayey soil; 300–600(?–1000) m
Range: Not known elsewhere Flora districts: T3

Native to:


Dyschoriste subquadrangularis (Lindau) C.B.Clarke appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Buchwald, J. [94], Tanzania K000393834 Unknown type material
Buchwald, J. [94], Tanzania K000393835 Unknown type material

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 5: 79 (1899)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.
  • Vollesen, K. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae(1): 1-285.


Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • F.T.A. 5: 79 (1899)
  • Symb. Bot. Ups. 29, 3: 161 (1991).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

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