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

[FTEA]

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

Type
Type: Kenya, Kitui District: 45 km on Thika–Kitui road, Gillett 19809 (EA!, holo.; BR!, K!, NHT!, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Erect (rarely scrambling) much branched shrub or subshrub to 1 m tall; stems brittle, subglabrous to puberulous or finely sericeous or glandular-puberulous with non-glandular hairs intermixed
Morphology Leaves
Leaves elliptic to obovate, largest 1–5.5 × 0.5–2.3 cm, apex subacute to retuse, with a small triangular tooth, glabrous to puberulous or sericeous, densest along veins
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in condensed 3–7(–12)-flowered axillary cymes or solitary towards tip of branches, often condensed towards tip of stems; peduncle and branches 0–2 mm long, subglabrous to finely sericeous, often also with stalked capitate glands; outer bracts elliptic to obovate, up to 1 cm long, or as inner bracts and bracteoles: linear to lanceolate, up to 5 mm long, glabrous to sericeous or with sparse to dense stalked capitate glands
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx subglabrous to sparsely sericeous or sericeous-puberulent or uniformly glandular-puberulous, 8–14(–16 in fruit) mm long; teeth 4–8(–9 in fruit) mm long, shorter or longer than tube Calyx subglabrous to sparsely sericeous, without stalked capitate glands.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla slightly 2lipped, mauve to purple, bluish purple or blue to dark blue, with darker patches and lines at base of lower lip and in throat, sericeous-puberulent and often with scattered capitate glands, 12–17 mm long of which the linear tube 5–8 mm, the throat 2–3 mm and the limb 5–7 mm, throat indistinctly delimited, much shorter than limb; lobes narrowly oblong or slightly obovate, erect or deflexed in lower lip
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Free part of filaments 2–4 mm long, hairy near base, glabrous or with a few scattered hairs upwards; anthers 1–1.5 mm long, spurs less than 1/4 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 10–13 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed ± 2.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology
Flowering stems, bracts and bracteoles subglabrous to puberulous or finely sericeous, without stalked capitate glands.
Ecology
Combretum, Acacia-Combretum and Acacia-Commiphora wooded grassland, bushland and thicket on sandy to clayey soil, grassland, old fields and generally disturbed areas; 1150–1850 m
Distribution
Flora districts: K4 Range: Not known elsewhere

Native to:

Kenya, Tanzania

Dyschoriste keniensis Malombe, Mwachala & Vollesen appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 2008 Gillett, J.G. [19809], Kenya K000780540 isotype

First published in Kew Bull. 61: 433 (2006)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • K.B. 62: 433, fig. 1 (2006).

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