1. Family: Acanthaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Blepharis Juss.
      1. Blepharis ogadenensis Vollesen

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. & S. Ethiopia to N. Kenya.

    [FTEA]

    Acanthaceae (part 1), Kaj Vollesen, Flora of Tropical East Africa, 2008

    Habit
    Erect shrub to 1 m tall; young branches whitish puberulous or densely so, soon glabrous with greyish to brownish bark.
    Leaves
    Leaves: lamina oblong-elliptic to obovate, largest 0.5–1.5 × 0.2–0.4 cm, margin entire, strongly recurved, sparsely sericeous-puberulous beneath (densest on veins), above with dense minute bulbous-based hairs (covered in small white dots when older).
    Inflorescences
    Spikes solitary, dispersed whole when mature; bracts greenish to yellowish brown, elliptic or oblong, finely sericeous-puberulous or densely so, terminating in a recurved bristle and on each side with 1–3 retrorsely barbed and finely glochidiate bristles 1–7 mm long; lower pair 1–2 mm long, second pair 2–4 mm long, third pair 3–5 mm long, inner pair 4–7 mm long; bracteoles elliptic-obovate, 7–13 mm long, of which about half is a long terminal bristle.
    Calyx
    Sepals greenish to brownish or purplish mottled or uniformly purplish towards apex, puberulous or sparsely so, ciliate; dorsal ovate-elliptic, 11–15 mm long, narrowing gradually to the cuspidate apex (rarely slightly ligulate); ventral similar, 9–13 mm long, with two ± 1 mm long mucros; lateral 7–11 mm long.
    Corolla
    Corolla pale yellow or yellow with purple veins, 12–20 mm long of which the tube 3–6 mm; callus with 3 weak or distinct apical ribs and 3 apical flanges.
    Filaments
    Filaments 4–7 mm long, with scattered hairs and glands near base; appendage 0.5–1 mm long, broadly rounded; anthers 2–3 mm long.
    Fruits
    Capsule ± 7 mm long.
    Seeds
    Seed not seen.
    Distribution
    Range: Ethiopia, Somalia Range: Kenya. Flora districts: K1 Range: Ethiopia, Somalia
    Ecology
    Open Acacia-Commiphora bushland on rocky hills; ± 725 m

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia

    Blepharis ogadenensis Vollesen appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1997 Kuchar, P. [16669], Somalia K000394279 holotype

    First published in Blepharis (Acanthac.) Taxon. Revis.: 167 (2000)

    Accepted by

    • Vollesen, K. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae(1): 1-285.
    • Hedberg, I., Kelbessa, E., Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Persson, E. (eds.) (2006). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 5: 1-690. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • F.E.E. 5: 361 (2006)
    • Fl. Somalia 3: 382 (2006).
    • Blepharis: 167 (2000)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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