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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Erect shrubby perennial herb; stems up to 50 cm tall, sparsely and finely sericeous when young with antrorse hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves drying blackish, subequal; lamina ovate to elliptic, largest 8–12 × 2–3.5 cm, margin entire, glabrous or with a few appressed hairs along midrib.
    Flowers
    Heads elongated, on upper part of stems; peduncle up to 2 cm long, puberulous or finely sericeous; axes puberulous, no capitate glands; floral leaves and outer bracts narrowly ovate or narrowly elliptic, up to 2.5 cm long, puberulous, with few to many stalked capitate glands; inner bracts similar or elliptic, up to 2 cm long.
    Calyx
    Sepals puberulous or sericeous-puberulous, with scattered capitate glands, ciliate; dorsal ovate-elliptic with ligulate apical part, 20–24 mm long, apex acute, 1-toothed, no lateral teeth; ventral elliptic, not ligulate, 18–20 mm long, shallowly bifid, central and lateral teeth absent; lateral ± 17 mm long.
    Corolla
    Corolla pale blue, 28–35 mm long of which the tube 6–8 mm; limb distinctly 3-lobed, below with dense brown capitate glands, callus as in B. affinis.
    Filaments
    Filaments 8–10 mm long, glabrous; appendage 1–1.5 mm long, broadly rounded, slightly curved; anthers ± 5 mm long.
    Fruits
    Capsule and seed not seen.
    Distribution
    Range: Tanzania. Flora districts: T6 T8 Range: Not known elsewhere Range: Not known elsewhere
    Ecology
    Probably coastal bushland or grassland; 0–25 m
    Note
    The stems have upwardly directed hairs, the leaves are wider, the peduncle and inflorescence axis are puberulous, the dorsal and ventral sepals lack lateral teeth and the appendage on the anterior stamens is shorter. Related to Blepharis affinis but clearly distinct.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania

    Blepharis tanzaniensis Vollesen appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1997 Bally, P.R.O. [16921], Tanzania K000394319 holotype

    First published in Blepharis (Acanthac.) Taxon. Revis.: 273 (2000)

    Accepted by

    • Vollesen, K. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae(1): 1-285.
    • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Blepharis: 273 (2000).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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