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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Central Tropical Africa (Ruwenzori Mountains).
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Type
Types: Uganda, Ruwenzori Mts, Yeria Valley, Scott Elliot 7867 (K!, syn.) & Butaga Valley, Scott Elliot 8013 (K!, BM!, syn.)
Morphology General Habit
Erect or scrambling shrubby herb or shrub to 3(?–5) m tall, often covering large areas as a “monoculture” and forming dense tangles; branches sparsely to densely sericeous or sericeous-pubescent with downwardly directed non-glandular manycelled hairs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves with petiole of stem-leaves 2–5.5 cm long, sericeous with downwardly directed many-celled purplish hairs; lamina of stem-leaves ovate or broadly so, 7–11 × 4–7 cm, upwards smaller and narrower, apex acuminate, base truncate to cordate with sinus up to 5 mm deep, margin of stem-leaves dentate or grossly dentate with teeth to 5 mm long, beneath sericeous or sparsely so, densest along veins with lamina often almost glabrous, often with domatia or with distinctly longer hairs along midrib, above puberulous to pubescent or sparsely so on lamina and sericeous on veins
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence narrow, racemiform or also with long racemiform branches from lower nodes, 5–30 cm long; flowers in 3–7-flowered cymes towards base and solitary towards apex of inflorescence; bracts green, leafy, persistent or upper caducous in fruit; lower bracts with indumentum as leaves, upper bracts, branches and pedicels sericeous-tomentellous with downwardly directed non-glandular many-celled purplish hairs; pedicels to 5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx reddish-tinged, glandular-puberulous to pubescent or densely so or with nonglandular hairs intermixed to almost non-glandular; dorsal lobe 14–29 mm long, ventral and lateral lobes 12–22 mm long; lobes linear-lanceolate or dorsal slightly oblanceolate, 1.5–3 mm wide, acute or subacute
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white with yellowish brown throat and yellow patches on lower lip, without or with scattered hairs on lateral lobes, no hairs on dorsal lobes, 26–36 mm long, cylindric tube 0.5–1 mm long, throat 16–23 mm long; lobes all transversely elliptic, 9–14 × 10–14 mm; papillate area on lower lip ellipsoid
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Free part of filaments 5–8 mm long and free fused part 1–2 mm, longer pair hairy, short pair glabrous; anthers 4–6 mm long, spur 1.5–2 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Stigma
Stigma 2–3 mm long, dorsal lobe absent or present (rarely up to 1 mm long).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary with dense long hairs all over
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 14–19 mm long, hairy and glandular all over
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed (immature) ± 4.5 × 4 mm
Ecology
Erica forest and bushland, bamboo forest; (2500–)2700–3500 m
Note
Known only from high altitude Erica forest and bamboo forest on the Ruwenzori Mts. This seems to be the highest recorded member of the Acanthaceae in the FTEA-area. It is easily recognised be the dense sericeous-pubescent indumentum on the inflorescence and by the long corolla-throat relative to the lobes.
Distribution
Range: Congo-Kinshasa (Ruwenzori Mts) Flora districts: U2

Native to:

Uganda, Zaïre

Mimulopsis elliotii C.B.Clarke appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 8, 1897 Scott Elliot, G.F. [7867], Uganda K000394143 syntype
Scott Elliot, G.F. [8013], Uganda K000394142 lectotype

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 5: 56 (1899)

Accepted by

  • Vollesen, K. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae(1): 1-285.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Vollesen, K. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae(1): 1-285.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • F.P.N.A. 2: 278 (1947)
  • F.T.A. 5: 56 (1899)
  • Lebrun & Stork, Enum. Pl. Afr. Trop. 4: 494 (1997).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0