Barleria elegans C.B. Clarke
subsp. orientalis I.Darbysh.

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Barleria elegans subsp. orientalis

Photo: Mark Hyde

Barleria elegans subsp. orientalis

Photo: Mark Hyde

Barleria elegans subsp. orientalis

Photo: Mark Hyde

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Common names:
Status: Native
Scrambling perennial herb, up to c. 1.3 m tall. Stems finely hairy. Leaves opposite, petiolate, oblong-elliptic, up to c. 8 × 3 cm, dark green above, paler below. Flowers in axillary clusters with lanceolate spiny bracts. Corolla c. 2 cm in diameter, white.
Derivation of specific name: elegans: elegant
Habitat: In dry riverine thickets, often in shade
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Mar - May
Worldwide distribution:
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS,GI,M
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 191. As Barleria elegans (Includes a picture).

Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 26.

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 45 - 46.

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.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Barleria elegans subsp. orientalis
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Barleria elegans subsp. orientalis

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Barleria elegans subsp. orientalis., retrieved 22 September 2019

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