Ecbolium clarkei Hiern
var. puberulum Vollesen

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Status: Native
Perennial herb with 1-several stems growing from a woody rootstock. Stems often bluish-green, finely velvety when young. Leaves opposite, sessile or with a short petiole, up to 3 mm, ovate-elliptic-pandurate, with or without small basal sagittate lobes, up to 15 × 6 cm, bluish-green, finely velvety on both surfaces, cordate or auriculate and clasping the stem at the base; margin entire. Inflorescences in spikes, 3-21 cm long, with ovate, overlapping bracts, often covered with many small stalked glands. Corolla turquoise-green; tube 2-2.7 cm long, lower lip with 3 spreading lobes; mid-lobe largest, up to 15 × 8 mm; upper lip linear, 8-12 mm long, erect, bifid. Capsule 17-22 mm long, finely velvety.
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Habitat: Occurring in mopane woodland, often on rocky slopes, in river valleys, edges of pans and in riverine forest.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe (var. clarkei occurs also in Malawi).
Zimbabwe distribution: S
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Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 240 - 242. (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: Ecbolium clarkei var. puberulum., retrieved 28 June 2016

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