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


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

Type: Tanzania, Tabora District: 22 km on Tabora–Sikonge road, Bidgood et al. 5880 (K!, holo.; BR!, CAS!, DSM!, K!, NHT!, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial or shrubby perennial herb to 0.5(–1) m tall with several erect to decumbent branched stems from a woody rootstock; stems sparsely to densely puberulous or sericeous-puberulous with a mixture of glands and non-glandular hairs up to 0.5 mm long, no long pilose hairs (very rarely with pilose hairs to 2 mm long)
Morphology Leaves
Leaves ovate to elliptic, largest 2–6.5 × 0.7–3 cm, apex subacute to subacuminate, subglabrous to puberulous, sometimes with stalked capitate glands when young, no long pilose hairs
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in condensed axillary 1–7-flowered cymes or solitary towards tip of stems; peduncles and branches 1–2(–8) mm long, puberulous; outer bracts ovate, up to 1.2 cm long or as inner bracts and bracteoles: filiform to linear, up to 5 mm long, puberulent and with capitate glands
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx glandular-puberulent or densely so, sometimes with non-glandular hairs intermixed or mostly non-glandular, without (rarely with a few) pilose hairs over 1 mm long, 6–13(–17 in fruit) mm long; teeth 3–6 mm long, shorter than tube or same length
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla slightly 2-lipped, white with pale yellow throat or pale blue to blue or mauve sometimes with darker markings in throat, sparsely puberulent and with scattered capitate glands, 14–18(–22) mm long of which the linear tube 5–9 mm, the throat 4–5(–8) mm long and 4–5(–6) mm across apically, the limb 4–5(–8) mm long, throat longer than or same length as limb; lobes oblong or slightly obovate, erect or reflexed in lower lip
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Free part of filaments 3–5 mm long, hairy at base, glabrous at apex; anthers 1–1.5 mm long, spurs ± 1/4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 10–13 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed ± 2 × 1.5 mm.
Brachystegia woodland on sandy to loamy soil and rocky slopes, Brachystegia microphyllaBussea-Commiphora bushland, Acacia-Commiphora thicket on rocky hills, thicket clumps in Brachystegia woodland, riverine forest and thicket, old cultivations; 1000–1500(–1700) m
Range: Not known elsewhere Flora districts: T1 T2 T4 T5 T7

Native to:


Dyschoriste tanzaniensis Vollesen appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 2008 Bidgood, S. [5880], Tanzania K000468545 holotype

First published in Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Acanth.(1): 189 (2008)

Accepted by

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

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

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