Blepharis integrifolia (L.f.) E. Mey. ex Schinz
var. integrifolia

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Synonyms: Acanthus integrifolius L.f.
Blepharis setosa Nees
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Status: Native
Suberect or procumbent perennial herb, sometimes mat-forming-forming. Stems up to 40 cm long, more or less densely hairy. Leaves linear to elliptic or slightly obovate, up 6 cm long, more or less densely hairy, roughly above and on the edges; margin entire, rolled under. Flowers solitary. Bracts in 4 or 5 pairs, greenish to brown, sometimes with purple veins and blotches, oblong-elliptic to obovate, ending in a recurved bristle with 3-7 purple-red bristles, up to 3 mm long, on each side of the margin. Corolla pale blue to mauve or purple, with darker veins, 8-22 mm long; lip ovate-spathulate, hairy on both sides, 4-10 mm wide, central lobe longer and narrower than side lobes. See B. transvaalensis for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: integrifolia: with entire leaves
Habitat: In grassland and various types of deciduous woodland, often in overgrazed and disturbed areas, where it may act as a coloniser.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1500 m
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Worldwide distribution: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa. Also in India and Sri Lanka.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,S
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Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 23. (Includes a picture).

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 173 - 179. (Includes a picture).

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Pages 71 - 72.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Blepharis integrifolia var. integrifolia., retrieved 28 July 2017

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