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

[FZ]

Flora Zambesiaca Acanthaceae (part 2) by Iain Darbyshire, Kaj Vollesen and Ensermu Kelbessa

Morphology General Habit
Erect or scrambling shrub to 3 m tall; young stems brownish, sparsely distichously puberulous, soon glabrescent; older branches greyish, with conspicuous cup-like scars.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves with a few curly hairs on midrib, otherwise glabrous; petiole to 3 mm long; lamina ovate, largest 4–7 × 2–3 cm; apex subacute with small mucro, base attenuate; margin slightly to distinctly wavy.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes 3–7 cm long, many-flowered, unbranched; flowers in 3-flowered cymules or single towards apex of cyme; axis puberulous; lower pair of bracts foliaceous, upper pairs linear to subulate, to 1 cm long, caducous; pedicels to 2 mm long, glabrous; bracteoles subulate, to 8 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 1.2–1.5 cm long, divided to c.1 mm from base, glabrous; lobes subulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white with small mauve dots on basal part of lower lip and extending into throat; tube c.5 mm long, c.3.5 mm wide at base, not widening upwards; throat c.3 mm long; lobes oblong, subacute to rounded, 8–10 × 3–4 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Filaments terete, glabrous, 6–8 mm long; anthers c.2 mm long, with small hooked spur at base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 2.8–4.8 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds broadly ellipsoid, 8–9 × 6.5–7.5 mm.
Distribution
Also in E South Africa and Swaziland.
Ecology
Coastal bushland; 50 m.
Conservation
Conservation notes: Possibly Near Threatened in the Flora area, but not threatened elsewhere.

Native to:

Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland

Ruttya ovata Harv. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Sep 5, 1934 Kuntze, O. [s.n.], South Africa K000394863 Unknown type material
Feb 17, 1900 Sutherland [s.n.], South Africa K000394860
Feb 7, 1900 Wood, J.M. [462], South Africa K000394861
Harvey [s.n.], South Africa K000394859
Harvey [s.n.], South Africa K000394862

First published in London J. Bot. 1: 27 (1842)

Accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Flora Zambesiaca 8(6): 1-314. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in Fl. Cap. 5: 55 (1901).
  • in Hooker, London J. Bot. 1: 27 (1842).
  • —Bandeira, Bolnick & Barbosa, Fl. Nat. Sul Moçamb.: 192 (2007).
  • —Clarke in F.T.A. 5: 174 (1899).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Flora Zambesiaca 8(6): 1-314. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Flora Zambesiaca
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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