Lepidagathis scabra C.B.Clarke

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Lepidagathis scabra

Photo: Penny English
Bubye Valley Conservancy

Lepidagathis scabra

Photo: Penny English
Bubye Valley Conservancy

Lepidagathis scabra

Photo: Penny English
Bubye Valley Conservancy

Lepidagathis scabra

Photo: Penny English
Bubye Valley Conservancy

Lepidagathis scabra

Photo: Penny English
Bubye Valley Conservancy

Lepidagathis scabra

Photo: Penny English
Bubye Valley Conservancy

Lepidagathis scabra

Photo: Penny English
Bubye Valley Conservancy

Lepidagathis scabra

Photo: Penny English
Bubye Valley Conservancy

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Status: Native
Description:
Erect, decumbent or prostrate perennial or subshrub, 10-50 cm tall. Leaves ovate, lanceolate or elliptic, pinnately veined with 3-5 veins. Inflorescence consisting of axillary, unilateral spikes 1.5-4.5 cm long. Sterile bracts falcate, in two divergent rows, green, turning brown; fertile bracts appressed to the calyx. Corolla pale blue to mauve or white with purple markings on lower lip and throat. Posterior (shorter) stamens 1-thecous or with a vestigial second theca; thecae glabrous. Capsule 7-10 mm long with face oblong-elliptic, potentially 4-seeded.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: scabra: scabrid or rough
Habitat: In woodland, typically mopane, Kirkia, Commiphora and/or Acacia; also in disturbed areas.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 1100 m
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Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Swaziland
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 29 January 2017
Literature:

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 23 - 25. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 19.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 194.


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JSTOR Plant Science: Lepidagathis scabra
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lepidagathis scabra
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lepidagathis scabra
The Plant List (version 1.1): Lepidagathis scabra
Tropicos: Lepidagathis scabra


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Lepidagathis scabra.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=153450, retrieved 26 March 2017

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