Blepharis tenuiramea S. Moore

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Synonyms: Blepharis caloneura S. Moore var. angustifolia Oberm.
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Status: Native
Description:
Erect, procumbent or trailing annual herb with stems up to 75 cm long. Leaves linear to narrowly ovate-elliptic, 5-17 cm long, almost hairless or roughly hairy along the midrib below; margin on some leaves at least with some teeth near the base, others entire. Flowers in capitate or somewhat elongate heads, usually near the base of the stems. Bracts lanceolate to ovate-elliptic, 1-7 cm long, usually with numerous capitate glands, with 3-7 spiny bristles on the margin. Corolla pale to dark or mauve, 17-26 mm long; lip obovate, 7-13 mm wide, distinctly 3-lobed, with scattered capitate glands below, central narrower than side lobes.
Notes: Note: a very variable species with a typically erect form with the inflorescences near the base of the mostly unbranched stem, flowering at the beginning of the rains. At the end of the rains or early into the dry season, plants may become much more branched and procumbent (Vollesen, 2000).
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Habitat: In various types of woodland, including miombo, mopane and Combretum, wooded grasland and scrub. Also on roadsides and in old cultivation.
Altitude range: (metres) 450 - 1500 m
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,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 18.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 194. as Blepharis caloneura

Vollesen, K. (2000). Blepharis (Acanthaceae). A taxonomic revision. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pages 278 - 281. (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 tenuiramea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=153940, retrieved 27 May 2016

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