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This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Tropical Africa to SW. Ethiopia.
Lankesteria elegans Acanthaceae

[FWTA]

Acanthaceae, H. Heine. Flora of West Tropical Africa 2. 1963

Morphology General Habit
Undershrub up to 4 ft. high, in forest undergrowth etc.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Spikes 2-7 in. long of orange- or pinkish-tinged slender tubular flowers 1 1/2 in. long enclosed in broad smooth but ciliate bracts.

[FTEA]

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

Type
Type: “Benin”, Palisot de Beauvois s.n. (G, holo.; BM!, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Erect (rarely scrambling) shrubby herb or shrub to 2 (?–4) m tall; young stems green, sparsely puberulous on two sides, older stems greyish to pale brown
Morphology Leaves
Leaves elliptic, largest 8–15 × 2.5–6 cm, apex cuspidate, base attenuate, decurrent to the 1–3 cm long petiole, glabrous (rarely with a few hairs on midrib)
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences terminal or also two axillary from uppermost pair of leaves, 3–15 cm long; peduncle to 1(–4) cm long; axis finely puberulous and with dense stalked capitate glands; bracts green, minutely puberulous and with scattered capitate glands (densest towards base), ovate-elliptic, 1.8–2.5 × 0.8–1.3 cm, acute and mucronate; bracteoles linear to narrowly triangular, 3–4 mm long, with similar indumentum
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 6–9 mm long of which the basal tube 1.5–2.5 mm, finely puberulous or sparsely so and with dense stalked capitate glands; lobes linear-lanceolate, cuspidate, 4–6.5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla bright orange, finely puberulous and with dense stalked capitate glands; cylindric tube 3–4 cm long; throat 1–2 mm long; lobes obovate, 8–11 × 6–8 mm, truncate and irregularly toothed apically
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 4–5 mm long, puberulous; anthers 1.5–2 mm long, connective with hairs and subsessile glands
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 10–12 mm long; stipe ± 5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed 4–5 mm in diameter.
Ecology
Dense evergreen lowland and lower montane forest, often along tracks and in clearings, secondary forest; 850–1150 m
Distribution
Range: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, Congo (Kinshasa), Sudan, Ethiopia Flora districts: U1 U2

Native to:

Cameroon, Central African Repu, Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Uganda, Zaïre

Lankesteria elegans (P.Beauv.) T.Anderson appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1987 Thomas, D.W. [4389], Cameroon K000029172
Jan 1, 1987 Etuge, M. [466], Cameroon K000029174
Jan 1, 1987 Thomas, D.W. [4389], Cameroon K000029173
Jan 1, 1986 Thomas, D.W. [5558], Cameroon K000029175
Feb 1, 1960 Hepper, F.N. [2210], Cameroon K000029171
Feb 1, 1960 Binuyo, A. [FHI 35061], Cameroon K000029170
Brenan, J.P.M. [8515], Nigeria 2903.000
Dawkins, H.C. [687], Uganda 4265.000
Dunlap [164], Cameroon K000029162
Dunlap [164], Cameroon K000029163
Keay, R.W.J. [28561], Cameroon K000029167
Maitland, T.D. [1155], Cameroon K000029161
Nguembock, F. [69a], Cameroon K000518897
Richards, P.W. [5213], Cameroon K000029169

First published in J. Proc. Linn. Soc., Bot. 7: 33 (1863)

Accepted by

  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 1: 1-114. ORSTROM, Bangui.
  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Hedberg, I., Kelbessa, E., Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Persson, E. (eds.) (2006). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 5: 1-690. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Lejoy, J., Ndjele, M.-B. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Catalogue-flore des plantes vasculaires des districts de Kisangani et de la Tshopo (RD Congo) Taxonomania 30: 1-307.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
  • Vollesen, K. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae(1): 1-285.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • F.T.A. 5: 70
  • F.W.T.A., ed. 1, 2: 255, partly (excl. Chev. Bot. 495 and Iv. C. specimens)
  • Mangenot in Ic. Pl. Afr. I.F.A.N. 4: 87 (1957).
  • in J. Linn. Soc. 7: 33 (1863), partly (excl. Barter 3381)

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 1: 1-114. ORSTROM, Bangui.
  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Hepper, F.N. (ed.) (1963). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 2: 1-544.
  • Lejoy, J., Ndjele, M.-B. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Catalogue-flore des plantes vasculaires des districts de Kisangani et de la Tshopo (RD Congo) Taxonomania 30: 1-307.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Biol. Skr. 51(2): 448 (2005)
  • F.E.E. 5: 437 (2006).
  • F.T.A. 5: 70 (1899)
  • F.W.T.A., ed. 2, 2: 407 (1963)
  • Fl. Gabon 13: 96 (1966)
  • J.L.S. 7: 33 (1863)
  • Lebrun & Stork, Enum. Pl. Afr. Trop. 4: 492 (1997)
  • Mangenot, Icon. Pl. Afr. I.F.A.N. 4: 87 (1957)
  • P.O.A. C: 368 (1895)

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