Blepharis aspera Oberm.

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Blepharis aspera

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Tuli to Hwali River bridge

Blepharis aspera

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Tuli to Hwali River bridge

Blepharis aspera

Photo: Petra Ballings
By road from Tuli to Hwali River bridge

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Synonyms: Blepharis diversispina sensu S. Moore
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Status: Native
Procumbent or prostrate shrubby herb, up to 35 cm long. Leaves more or less narrowly elliptic or rarely obovate, 1.5-5 cm long, glossy, sparsely and minutely roughly hairy; margin with 4-10 triangular mucronate teeth on each side. Spikes 4-12-flowered, 1.5-5 cm long. Bracts dark green to almost completely whitish minutely hairy with occasional longer hairs on the veins, 15 27 mm long, spine-tip recurved, 5-11 mm long with 3-6 narrow spines on each side of the margin. Corolla blue to mauve, 20-27 mm long; lip hairy below, central lobe emarginate and somewhat narrowing towards the base.
Derivation of specific name: aspera: rough
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland and bush, often on degraded or disturbed soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 450 - 1400 m
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Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 18 December 2012

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 17.

Vollesen, K. (2000). Blepharis (Acanthaceae). A taxonomic revision. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pages 85 - 86.


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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 aspera., retrieved 31 May 2016

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