Brillantaisia pubescens T. Anderson ex Oliv.

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Brillantaisia pubescens

Photo: Ian Riddell
Tambahata Pools, Gonarhezou National Park

Brillantaisia pubescens

Photo: Ian Riddell
Tambahata Pools, Gonarhezou National Park

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Synonyms: Brillantaisia anomala Lindau
Hygrophila pubescens T. Anderson ex Oliv.
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect or scrambling, much-branched annual herb, up to c. 1m tall. Stems with glossy white hairs and scattered stalked glands. Leaves opposite, ovate, 8-25 cm, almost hairless above, hairy below; petiole up to 7 cm long; margin entire or slightly crenate. Flowers in a open branched inflorescence 10-40 cm long. Corolla 2-lipped; upper lip white to mauve,12-20 mm long, finely hairy on the outside; lower lip pale mauve to violet or purple, 3-lobed, 7-15 mm long, with long stiff hairs in the middle. Capsule 10-15 mm long, finely glandular-hairy.
Derivation of specific name: pubescens: pubescent, with soft short hairs
Habitat: In riverine thickets and Acacia woodland, often on alluvial soil.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe; also D.R. Congo, Tanzania, Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Images last updated: Saturday 12 August 2017

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 10.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 18.

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 101 - 102.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 178.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 13.

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Pages 101 - 102.

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Flora of Malawi: Brillantaisia pubescens
Flora of Mozambique: Brillantaisia pubescens
Flora of Zambia: Brillantaisia pubescens

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Brillantaisia pubescens
African Plant Database: Brillantaisia pubescens
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Brillantaisia pubescens
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Brillantaisia pubescens
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Brillantaisia pubescens
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Brillantaisia pubescens
JSTOR Plant Science: Brillantaisia pubescens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Brillantaisia pubescens
Plants of the World Online: Brillantaisia pubescens
Tropicos: Brillantaisia pubescens
Wikipedia: Brillantaisia pubescens

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Brillantaisia pubescens., retrieved 21 April 2024

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