Vollesen, K. (2000)
Blepharis (Acanthaceae). A taxonomic revision. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Description of the genus
Annual or perennial herbs or shrubs. Leaves in false whorls of 4; one pair smaller than the other. Flowers in spike-like cymes. Calyx composed of 4 glumaceous sepals. Corolla 1-lipped; the lip 3-5-lobed. Stamens 4; 2 anterior filaments broader than the posterior. Ovary 2-locular. Capsule 2-seeded. Seeds discoid, covered with hygroscopic hairs.
Worldwide: 126 species, widespread in tropical Africa, S Africa, Arabia, through India extending to SE Asia and China.
Other sources of information about Blepharis:Flora of Zimbabwe
(electronic Plant Information Center): BlepharisFlora Zambesiaca
web site: BlepharisGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for BlepharisIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): BlepharisKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Stefaan Dondeyne 2007-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Dondeyne, S.
. Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Blepharis.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1343, retrieved 23 May 2013