Brillantaisia riparia (Vollesen & Brummitt) Sidwell

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Synonyms: Brillantaisia pubescens T. Anderson ex Oliv. var. riparia Vollesen & Brummitt
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Status: Native
Erect or scrambling, much-branched, aromatic annual herb, up to c. 1 m tall. Stems with glossy white hairs and scattered stalked glands. Leaves opposite, ovate-oblong, up to 10 cm long, almost hairless above, hairy below; petiole up to 22 mm long; margin entire or slightly crenate. Flowers in a rather narrow branched inflorescence 10-20 cm long. Corolla 2-lipped, blue to purple, 30-40 mm long, finely hairy on the outside; lower lip, 3-lobed, 20-25 mm long, with long stiff hairs in the middle. Capsule 13-18 mm long, finely glandular-hairy in the apical half.
Notes: Note: this species is very similar to B. pubescens, differing mainly in larger flowers and slightly longer capsules
Derivation of specific name: riparia: riparian, of riverbanks
Habitat: Occurring in riverine forest and on riverbanks.
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: N,Z
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Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Page 102.

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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: Species information: Brillantaisia riparia., retrieved 4 December 2023

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