Blepharis diversispina (Nees) C.B. Clarke

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Synonyms: Acanthodium diversispinum Nees
Blepharis grisea S. Moore
Blepharis pruinosa sensu Obermeyer in part, non Engl.
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Status: Native
Description:
Erect or decumbent shrubby perennial herb, up to 1 m tall, sometimes cushion-forming. Leaves lanceolate, elliptic or slightly obovate, 2-6.5 cm long, more or less densely appressed hairy; margin with up to 20 triangular mucronate teeth on each side. Some leaf axils with rigid spines. Spikes 2-10-flowered, 1.5-5.5 cm long. Lower bracts modified into 2-4 pairs of straw-coloured spines, up to 25 mm long. Bracts more or less broadly elliptic-obovate with conspicuous transverse veins, more or less densely hairy, 15-34 mm long, spine-tip recurved, 5-16 mm long with 1-7 narrow spines on each side of the margin. Corolla pale to deep blue or dark mauve, rarely creamy-white with blue veins, 20-33 mm long; lip broadly spathulate hairy below, 10-22 mm wide, central lobe wider than long, more or less truncate, somewhat narrowing towards the base.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: diversispina: with diverse, different spines
Habitat: On sandy and gravelly soils in various types of deciduous woodland, such as Brachystegia, Acacia, Combretum-Terminalia and Mopane woodland. Also in grassland, often in overgrazed and disturbed areas.
Altitude range: (metres) 690 - 1150 m
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
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Literature:

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

Vollesen, K. (2000). Blepharis (Acanthaceae). A taxonomic revision. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pages 136 - 140. (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 diversispina.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=153830, retrieved 26 June 2016

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