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Blepharis kassneri S. Moore
Description: Erect, procumbent or scrambling annual herb. Stems up to 50 cm long, usually with a single band of silky hairs. Leaves linear-lanceolate to narrowly elliptic or ovate, 5-14 cm long, more or less roughly hairy, particularly on the midrib below; margin entire, rolled under. Flowers solitary, sessile or on short lateral branchlets up to 7 cm long with reduced leaves at the base. Bracts greenish to straw-coloured with purple bands and blotches, hairless, leathery and glossy, ovate to elliptic, acuminate; margin entire without spines or bristles. Corolla white to cream or pale blue or mauve, 4-29 mm long, often hidden among the bracts; lip oblong-elliptic, narrowing towards the apex, central lobe longest, ciliate or hairy.
Notes: Note: The cone-like inflorescences with leathery, entire bracts make this species easily recognisable.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In miombo woodland, wooded grassland and on rocky outcrops.
Altitude range: (metres)
600 - 1775 m
Worldwide distribution: Mali, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, DRC, Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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Vollesen, K. (2000). Blepharis (Acanthaceae). A taxonomic revision. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pages 190 - 194. (Includes a picture).
Acanthaceae (Part 1) Vollesen, K. (2013). Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Page 73. Comments
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Blepharis glumacea Kew Herbarium catalogue
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Blepharis glumacea 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 glumacea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=153850, retrieved 24 October 2016
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