7980.000 Blepharis Juss.

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, South Africa, Arabia, through India extending to SE Asia and China.

Mozambique: 18 taxa.

Blepharis maderaspatensis

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
acanthodioides KlotzschN,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
affinis LindauN,Z
bainesii S. Moore ex C.B. ClarkeTDescription
buchneri LindauN?,Z,T,MSDescription, Image
diversispina (Nees) C.B. ClarkeGIDescription, Image
dunensis Vollesen[NrEnd]N,Z
gazensis Vollesen[End]GI
grandis C.B. ClarkeN,TDescription, Image
integrifolia (L.f.) E. Mey. ex Schinz var. integrifolia GI,MDescription
integrifolia (L.f.) E. Mey. ex Schinz var. clarkei (Schinz) Oberm.M
involucrata SolmsNDescription
leendertziae Oberm.T,MSDescription, Image
maderaspatensis (L.) RothN,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
obermeyerae VollesenM
pungens KlotzschT,MS,GIDescription, Image
swaziensis Vollesen[NrEnd]M
tenuiramea S. MooreTDescription, Image
torrei Vollesen[NrEnd]N

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

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Blepharis
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Blepharis
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iNaturalist: Blepharis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Blepharis
JSTOR Plant Science: Blepharis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Blepharis
Plants of the World Online: Blepharis
Tropicos: Blepharis
Wikipedia: Blepharis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Blepharis.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1343, retrieved 8 December 2023

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