Blepharis acanthodioides Klotzsch

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Blepharis acanthodioides

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Valley of Limpopo River, Bilene district, Gaza province.

Blepharis acanthodioides

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Valley of Limpopo River, Bilene district, Gaza province.

Blepharis acanthodioides

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Valley of Limpopo River, Bilene district, Gaza province.

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Synonyms: Blepharis myresii Oberm.
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Status: Native
Erect, procumbent or scrambling perennial, rarely annual herb. Stems up to 75 cm, hairless or finely hairy. Leaves linear-lanceolate to narrowly elliptic or ovate, 5-13 cm, hairless or slightly hairy; margin with teeth in the basal half. Flowers in cluster-like heads along most of the stems. Bracts lanceolate to narrowly ovate-elliptic, up to 6.5 cm with fine silky hairs and one to several bristles at the apex. Corolla pale blue to blue or mauve, 17-31 mm; lip obovate, 7-14 mm wide, distinctly 3-lobed, central lobe longest.
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Habitat: In deciduous woodland or palm dominated grassland, often on black clay or loamy soils.
Altitude range: 50 - 750 m
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Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,MS,GI,M
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Content last updated: Monday 24 October 2016

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 136 - 137. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 9. As Blepharis myresii

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.

Vollesen, K. (2000). Blepharis (Acanthaceae). A taxonomic revision. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pages 254 - 256. (Includes a picture).

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Pages 79 - 81. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Blepharis acanthodioides., retrieved 5 March 2024

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