1. Family: Acanthaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Blepharis Juss.
      1. Blepharis tanae Napper

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Somalia to E. Kenya.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Densely branched cushion-forming subshrub; stems up to 20(–30) cm long, finely sericeous-puberulous in a single band (rarely uniformly), soon glabrous.
    Leaves
    Leaves: lamina linear to narrowly elliptic or narrowly obovate, largest 1.5–3.5(–5) × 0.2–0.8 cm, margin entire, glabrous to sparsely hispid-pubescent, densest along margins.
    Inflorescences
    Spikes solitary, persistent; bracts whitish to yellowish brown, ovate to elliptic, glabrous to sparsely sericeous-puberulent (rarely puberulous along midrib), terminating in a short recurved mucro and on each side entire or with one smooth lateral tooth 0.5–1 mm long; lower pair 1–2 mm long (sometimes absent), second pair 2–3.5 mm long, third pair 3–6 mm long, inner pair 4–7 mm long; bracteoles absent.
    Calyx
    Sepals glabrous to finely and sparsely sericeous-puberulous, colour as bracts; dorsal elliptic, 7–9.5(–12) mm long, with long ligulate apical part, subacute and mucronate; ventral similar, 6–8(–10) mm long, with two short broad obtuse teeth (sometimes almost obsolete); lateral 3.5–6(–7) mm long.
    Corolla
    Corolla pale blue to deep blue or bluish purple, 8–11 mm long of which the tube 3–4 mm; callus without flanges or with a single indistinct one.
    Filaments
    Filaments 1–2 mm long, ± included in tube; appendage ± 0.5 mm long, broadly rounded; anthers 0.5–2 mm long.
    Fruits
    Capsule 4–5 mm long.
    Seeds
    Seed 3–4 × 3 mm.
    Distribution
    Range: Somalia Range: Kenya. Flora districts: K1 K4 K7 Range: Somalia
    Ecology
    Acacia-Commiphora bushland on sandy to loamy alkaline to saline soils in places liable to seasonal flooding; 30–250(–600) m

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Somalia

    Blepharis tanae Napper appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1997 Lucas, G.Ll. [21], Kenya K000394264 holotype

    First published in Kew Bull. 24: 328 (1970)

    Accepted by

    • Vollesen, K. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae(1): 1-285.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Fl. Somalia 3: 383 (2006).
    • Vollesen, Blepharis: 194 (2000)
    • Lebrun & Stork, Enum. Pl. Afr. Trop. 4: 474 (1997)
    • Kuchar, Pl. Somalia (CRDP Techn. Rep. Ser., no. 16): 245 (1986)
    • K.B. 24: 328 (1970)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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