Blepharis acanthodioides Klotzsch

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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: (metres) 600 - 1775 m
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Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
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Images last updated: Friday 30 March 2007

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

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


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Blepharis acanthodioides., retrieved 25 May 2016

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