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

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Procumbent perennial herb with short creeping sometimes branched rootstock and fleshy roots; stems up to 35(–75) cm long, slender (1–1.5 mm in diameter), glabrous to uniformly puberulous.
    Leaves
    Leaves with largest pair (of middle and upper leaves) (2–)4–8 times longer than smaller pair; lamina of larger pair linear-lanceolate, largest 6.5–11 × 0.3–0.6(–1) cm, margin entire or some with up to 7 inconspicuous teeth per side, glabrous to sparsely puberulous, beneath densest along veins, above uniformly so; lamina of smaller pair narrowly ovate-elliptic, 0.8–2(–5) cm long, entire or (usually) with one large tooth per side.
    Flowers
    Heads globose, on upper part of stems only; peduncle 2–5(–6) cm long, subglabrous to puberulous with eglandular hairs; axes sericeous-puberulous or densely so, without capitate glands; floral leaves and outer bracts with strong submarginal vein and strong transverse veins, narrowly elliptic, 2–4 cm long, subglabrous to puberulous, without capitate glands; inner bracts similar, up to 1.5 cm long.
    Calyx
    Sepals puberulous (pubescent along veins), with scattered stalked capitate glands towards base, densely crisped-ciliate with hairs to 2 mm long; dorsal ovate-elliptic, 20–24 mm long (mucro ± 1 mm), tapering gradually to an acute apex, with 1–3 lateral teeth per side; ventral similar, 19–22 mm long, apical part not ligulate, deeply bifid with teeth 3–5 mm long, with or without central tooth, with 1–2 lateral teeth per side; lateral 19–21 mm long.
    Corolla
    Corolla purple or bluish purple, pale on the outside, callus and tube yellowish, 29–32 mm long of which the tube 5–6 mm; limb broadly obovate, 19–22 mm wide, distinctly 3-lobed, middle lobe slightly shorter to slightly longer, narrower than lateral and narrowed at base; callus with 3 equally strong ribs.
    Filaments
    Filaments 5–7 mm long, glandular; appendage 2–3 mm long, triangular in outline and flattened towards the anther, tapering to an obtuse curved tip; anthers 4–5 mm long.
    Fruits
    Capsule and seed not seen.
    Distribution
    Range: Tanzania. Range: Not known elsewhere Flora districts: T4 Range: Not known elsewhere
    Ecology
    Large areas of seepage grassland on shallow sandy soil overlying ironstone pans; 1400–1600 m
    Note
    Blepharis uzondoensis differs from B. buchneri in the thin procumbent stems, the linear-lanceolate leaves and ventral and lateral sepals which are of equal length.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania

    Blepharis uzondoensis Vollesen appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Bidgood, S. [4117], Tanzania K000394311 holotype
    Bidgood, S. [5775], Tanzania K000468650
    Bidgood, S. [5551], Tanzania K000468873

    First published in Blepharis (Acanthac.) Taxon. Revis.: 299 (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: 299 (2000).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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