Blepharis bainesii S. Moore ex C.B. Clarke

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Synonyms: Blepharis cataractae S. Moore
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Status: Native
Erect or procumbent annual herb with stems up to 40 cm long. Leaves lanceolate to narrowly oblong or ovate-elliptic, 3-11.5 cm long, almost hairless or somewhat roughly hairy, particularly along the midrib and the margin; margin entire. Flowers in capitate or somewhat elongate clusters along most of the stems. Bracts more or less linear-lanceolate, up to 3.5 cm, more or less hairy and set with numerous capitate glands; margin entire. Corolla pale to bright blue, rarely white, 12-18 mm long; lip obovate, 8-12 mm wide, distinctly 3-lobed, central lobe largest, almost square.
Derivation of specific name: bainesii: after Thomas Baines (1820-75), artist and naturalist
Habitat: In mopane woodland, grassland, along roadsides and as a weed of disturbed areas and old cultivation.
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 1375 m
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Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
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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 301 - 303. (Includes a picture).

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Page 91.


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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 bainesii., retrieved 26 October 2016

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