Commelina africana var. villosior (C.B.Clarke) Brenan

First published in Mitt. Bot. Staatssamml. München 5: 207 (1964)
This variety is accepted
The native range of this variety is Africa, Arabian Peninsula. It is a perennial or subshrub and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome.


Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Free State, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Réunion, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe


Homotypic Synonyms

Heterotypic Synonyms


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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • 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.
  • Faden, R. (2012). Commelinaceae. Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-244.

An alternative taxonomy had been proposed by the following authorities:

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria. [Cited as Commelina africana var. krebsiana.]
  • Govaerts, R. (2004). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-54382. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [Cited as Commelina africana var. krebsiana.]

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 1, 1965 Mooney, H.F. [8941] Ethiopia K000345566 Type Yes
Jan 1, 1965 Welwitsch [6635] Angola K000345605 Syntype Yes
Tweedie [1392] Kenya K003073302 Yes
Ogwal, E.N. [137] Uganda K003073254 Yes
Archbold, N.E. [376] Tanzania K003073352 Yes
Sheil, D. [1664] Uganda K003073258 Yes
Langdale-Brown, I. [1944] Uganda K003073280 Yes
Dowson, W.J. [574] Kenya K003073311 Yes
Kerfoot, O. [2916] Kenya K003073327 Yes
Bruce, E.M. [697] Tanzania K003073366 Yes
Grimshaw, J.M. [JMG931238] Tanzania K003073339 Yes
Chandler, P. [236] Uganda K003073274 Yes
Ford, J. [942] Tanzania K003073336 Yes
Williams, G.R. [16] Tanzania K003073349 Yes
Lind, E. (Dr.) [417] Uganda K003073268 Yes
Archbold, N.E. [687] Tanzania K003073350 Yes
Aylmer, G. [135] Sudan K003072546 Yes
Faden, R.B.; Faden, A.J. [72/251] Kenya K003073334 Yes
Greenway, P.J. [7456] Tanzania K003073342 Yes
Tanner, R. [5770] Tanzania K003073338 Yes
Maas Geesteranus, R.A. [4927a] Kenya K003073324 Yes
Tweedie [818] Kenya K003073301 Yes
Battiscombe, E. [218] Kenya K003073333 Yes
Milne-Redhead, E.; Taylor, P.G. [7759] Tanzania K003073373 Yes
Hale, M. [71] Kenya K003073315 Yes
Dümmer, R. [852] Uganda K003073279 Yes
Dawkins, H.C. [D426] Uganda K003073281 Yes
Schweinfurth, G. [s.n.] South Sudan K003072544 Yes
Routledge, W.S. [s.n.] Kenya K003073303 Yes
Tweedie [788] Kenya K003073305 Yes
Purseglove, J.W. [P3161] Uganda K003073267 Yes
Turner, B.J. [7807] Uganda K003073265 Yes
Hooper, S.S.; Townsend, C.C.; Mwasumbi, L. [1752] Tanzania K003073372 Yes
Carter [1823] Sudan K003072548 Yes
Lye, K.A.; Katende, A.B. [23257] Uganda K003073283 Yes
Langdale-Brown, I. [2273] Uganda K003073282 Yes
Maitland, T.D. [195] Uganda K003073278 Yes
Faulkner, H.G. [499] Tanzania K003073346 Yes
Volkens, G. [1244] Tanzania K003073343 Yes
Williams, G.R. [202] Kenya K003073307 Yes
Gillett, J.B. [12802] Ethiopia K003073292 Yes
Symes, Y.E. [607] Uganda K003073257 Yes
Batty, M. (Mrs.) [991] Tanzania K003073359 Yes
Oteke, J. [102] Kenya K003073288 Yes
Ford, J. [944] Tanzania K003073337 Yes
{Hill, Mrs. Brodhurst} [291] Kenya K003073308 Yes
Greenway, P.J. [7508] Tanzania K003073341 Yes
Burtt, B.D. [2778] Tanzania K003073361 Yes
Bally, P.R.O. [1052] Kenya K003073300 Yes
Ogwal, E.N. [137] Uganda K003073256 Yes
Gillett, J.B. [12802] Kenya K003073291 Yes
Tweedie [788] Kenya K003073304 Yes
Whyte, A. [s.n.] Malawi K003073344 Yes
Maas Geesteranus, R.A. [5270] Kenya K003073325 Yes
Hepper, F.N.; Jaeger, P.M.L. [7098] Kenya K003073285 Yes
Maas Geesteranus, R.A. [6130] Kenya K003073309 Yes
Lewis, W.H. [6011] Uganda K003073262 Yes
Polhill, R.M. [346] Kenya K003073287 Yes
Abdallah, R.D.; Mboya, E.I. [3898] Tanzania K003073345 Yes
Geilinger [3235] Tanzania K003073335 Yes
Archbold, M.E. (Miss) [156] Tanzania K003073353 Yes
Mabberley, D.J. [636] Tanzania K003073367 Yes
Mwangangi, O.M. [1937] Kenya K003073312 Yes
Williams, G.R. [16] Tanzania K003073347 Yes
Hepper, F.N.; Field, D.V. [4997] Kenya K003073293 Yes
Faden, R.B.; Phillips, S.M.; Muasya, A.M.; Macha, E. [96/18] Tanzania K003073354 Yes
Faden, R.B.; Faden, A.J.; Ngweno, F. [77/287] Kenya K003073319 Yes
Tweedie [785] Kenya K003073297 Yes
Dummer, R.A. [1912] Kenya K003073323 Yes
Hepper, F.N.; Field, D.V.; B. Mhoro [5359] Tanzania K003073371 Yes
Battiscombe, E. [633] Kenya K003073314 Yes
Hepper, F.N.; Field, D.V. [5054] Kenya K003073294 Yes
Purseglove, J.W. [P3327] Uganda K003073269 Yes
Ogwal, E.N. [121] Uganda K003073259 Yes
Magor, A. [10] Kenya K003073296 Yes
Glover; Gwynne; Samuel [241] Kenya K003073330 Yes
Napier, E.R. [177] Kenya K003073317 Yes
Ogwal, E.N. [137] Uganda K003073255 Yes
Graham, M.D. [2277] Kenya K003073318 Yes
Maas Geesteranus, R.A. [5166] Kenya K003073328 Yes
Carter, S.; Stannard, B. [504] Kenya K003073286 Yes
Oteke, J. [102] Kenya K003073289 Yes
Renvoize, S.A.; Abdallah, R.A.; Pegler, D.N. [1672] Tanzania K003073358 Yes
Archbold, N.E. [617] Tanzania K003073355 Yes
Bruce, G.M. [697] Tanzania K003073365 Yes
{Nat. Hist. Soc.} [151] Kenya K003073316 Yes
Maitland, T.D. [171] Uganda K003073275 Yes
Myers, J.G. [9170] Sudan K003072547 Yes
Ogwal, E.N. [116] Uganda K003073271 Yes
Jerrett, T. [502] Uganda K003073261 Yes
Richards, H.M. (Mrs) [14315] Tanzania K003073370 Yes
Gillett, J.B.; Kariuki, F. [18861] Kenya K003073331 Yes
Turner, B.J. [710T] Uganda K003073264 Yes
Napier, E.R. [288] Kenya K003073321 Yes
Oteke, J. [102] Kenya K003073290 Yes
{Hill, Mrs. Brodhurst} [120] Kenya K003073306 Yes
Langdale-Brown, I. [1877] Uganda K003073277 Yes
Renvoize, S.A.; Abdallah, R.A.; Pegler, D.N. [1533] Tanzania K003073357 Yes
Rose, F. [10067] Uganda K003073284 Yes
Carter; Abdallah; Newton [2398] Tanzania K003073369 Yes
Davis, D. [31] Kenya K003073326 Yes
Tweedie [1392] Kenya K003073298 Yes
Gillett, J.B. [17302] Kenya K003073322 Yes
Gillett, J.B.; Burtt, B.L.; Osborn, R.M. [17080] Kenya K003073332 Yes
Ogwal, E.N. [115] Uganda K003073266 Yes
Friis, I.; K. Vollesen [1071] South Sudan K003072543 Yes
Ogwal, E.N. [120] Uganda K003073260 Yes
Richards, M.; Arasululu, S. [29059] Tanzania K003073362 Yes
Jannerup; Mhoro [0350] Tanzania K003073364 Yes
Richards, H.M. (Mrs) [8721] Tanzania K003073360 Yes
Renvoize, S.A.; Abdallah, R.A.; Pegler, D.N. [1754] Tanzania K003073356 Yes
{Hill, Mrs. Brodhurst} [104] Kenya K003073299 Yes
Maas Geesteranus, R.A. [4565] Kenya K003073295 Yes
Mathew, B.F. [6006] Kenya K003073320 Yes
Ogwal, E.N. [116] Uganda K003073270 Yes
Ogwal, E.N. [127] Uganda K003073276 Yes
Brown, E. [68] Uganda K003073273 Yes
Dowson, W.J. [349] Kenya K003073310 Yes
Archbold, N.E. [699] Tanzania K003073351 Yes
Richards, H.M. (Mrs) [17013] Tanzania K003073368 Yes
{Manktelow; Pocs; Swenson} [91088] Tanzania K003073363 Yes
Kavirondo, N.; Graham, M.D. [3021] Kenya K003073329 Yes
Macdonald, J. [776] Kenya K003073313 Yes
Volkens, G. [2324] Tanzania K003073340 Yes
Turner, B.J. [648T] Uganda K003073263 Yes
Andrews, F.W. [A1894] Sudan K003072545 Yes
Verdcourt; Greenway [217] Tanzania K003073348 Yes
Lind, E. (Dr.) [460] Uganda K003073272 Yes


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