Blepharis pungens Klotzsch

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Blepharis pungens

Photo: Mark Hyde
By road in to Hippo Pools

Blepharis pungens

Photo: Mark Hyde
By road in to Hippo Pools

Blepharis pungens

Photo: Mark Hyde
By road in to Hippo Pools

Blepharis pungens

Photo: Mark Hyde
By road in to Hippo Pools

Blepharis pungens

Photo: Mark Hyde
By road in to Hippo Pools

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Synonyms: Blepharis madandensis S. Moore
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Status: Native
Description:
Shrubby perennial, up to 1 m tall. Leaves lanceolate to narrowly ovate-elliptic 3.5-10.5 cm long, roughly hairy above, variously covered in capitate glands; margin toothed in most leaves. Flowers in axillary heads or solitary. Bracts ovate-elliptic, outer ones like the leaves, up to 6 cm long, inner bracts 1.5-2.5 cm more or less densely covered in capitate glands and 3-9 long narrow teeth along the margin. Corolla pale blue or mauve to purple, 22-45 mm long; lip 13-22 mm wide, distinctly 3-lobed.
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Habitat: In miombo woodland and mopane woodland, on rocky slopes but also in sandy soils.
Altitude range: Up to 1550 m
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Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: T,MS,GI
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Literature:

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 18.

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 18.

Vollesen, K. (2000). Blepharis (Acanthaceae). A taxonomic revision. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pages 286 - 289. (Includes a picture).

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Pages 88 - 89.

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Flora of Malawi: Blepharis pungens
Flora of Zambia: Blepharis pungens
Flora of Zimbabwe: Blepharis pungens

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Blepharis pungens
African Plant Database: Blepharis pungens
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Blepharis pungens
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Blepharis pungens
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Blepharis pungens
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Blepharis pungens
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Blepharis pungens
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Blepharis pungens
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Blepharis pungens
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Blepharis pungens
Ispot Southern Africa: Blepharis pungens
JSTOR Plant Science: Blepharis pungens
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Blepharis pungens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Blepharis pungens
The Plant List (version 1.1): Blepharis pungens
Tropicos: Blepharis pungens


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 pungens.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=153920, retrieved 12 December 2017

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