Blepharis diversispina (Nees) C.B. Clarke

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Synonyms: Acanthodium diversispinum Nees
Blepharis grisea S. Moore
Blepharis pruinosa sensu Obermeyer in part, non Engl.
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Status: Native
Description:
Erect or decumbent shrubby perennial herb, up to 1 m tall, sometimes cushion-forming. Leaves lanceolate, elliptic or slightly obovate, 2-6.5 cm long, more or less densely appressed hairy; margin with up to 20 triangular mucronate teeth on each side. Some leaf axils with rigid spines. Spikes 2-10-flowered, 1.5-5.5 cm long. Lower bracts modified into 2-4 pairs of straw-coloured spines, up to 25 mm long. Bracts more or less broadly elliptic-obovate with conspicuous transverse veins, more or less densely hairy, 15-34 mm long, spine-tip recurved, 5-16 mm long with 1-7 narrow spines on each side of the margin. Corolla pale to deep blue or dark mauve, rarely creamy-white with blue veins, 20-33 mm long; lip broadly spathulate hairy below, 10-22 mm wide, central lobe wider than long, more or less truncate, somewhat narrowing towards the base.
Notes: Recorded for Mozambique in Vollesen (2000), p. 138
Derivation of specific name: diversispina: with diverse, different spines
Habitat: On sandy and gravelly soils in various types of deciduous woodland, such as Brachystegia, Acacia, Combretum-Terminalia and Mopane woodland. Also in grassland, often in overgrazed and disturbed areas.
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: GI
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Literature:

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 13.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 17. Also as Blepharis pruinosa

Vollesen, K. (2000). Blepharis (Acanthaceae). A taxonomic revision. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pages 136 - 140. (Includes a picture).

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Pages 69 - 70.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Blepharis diversispina
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Blepharis diversispina
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Blepharis diversispina
The Plant List (version 1.1): Blepharis diversispina
Tropicos: Blepharis diversispina


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Blepharis diversispina.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=153830, retrieved 11 December 2017

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