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Blepharis sp.no.1 (Kelly 225)
Frequency: Rare, known only from 2 collections.
Description: Perennial herb with suberect or procumbent stems, up to 30 cm long, growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves oblong-elliptic, 6-10 cm long, roughly hairy; margin with numerous forward-pointed teeth. Spikes 10-26-flowered, 3-7 cm long. Bracts green, white near the base and with white veining, silky appressed hairy, tip recurved triangular with narrow spines on the margin. Corolla white or very pale blue, 16-18 mm long.
Notes: Recorded only from the Mwenezi District and in the Gonarezhou National Park.
Derivation of specific name:
drummondii: named after R. B. 'Bob' Drummond (1924-2008), former Keeper of the National Herbarium in Harare (SRGH)
Habitat: Occurring in sandy soils on stony ridges.
Altitude range: (metres)
300 m (approx)
Worldwide distribution: Southeastern Zimbabwe.
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
Insects associated with this species:
Display spot characters for this species
Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Mapaura, A. (2002). Kirkia 18(1) Page 131.
Vollesen, K. (2000). Blepharis (Acanthaceae). A taxonomic revision. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pages 77 - 79. (Includes a picture). Comments
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Other sources of information about Blepharis drummondii: External websites: African Plant Database
Blepharis drummondii Biodiversity Explorer
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Blepharis drummondii EOL
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Blepharis drummondii ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Blepharis drummondii Flora Zambesiaca
Blepharis drummondii Google
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Blepharis drummondii IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Blepharis drummondii Ispot Southern Africa
Blepharis drummondii JSTOR Plant Science
Blepharis drummondii Kew Herbarium catalogue
Blepharis drummondii Tropicos
Blepharis drummondii West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Blepharis drummondii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=153840, retrieved 30 June 2016
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