Barleria macrostegia Nees

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Barleria macrostegia

Photo: Rob Burrett
Near Khami Ruins.

Barleria macrostegia

Photo: Rob Burrett
Near Khami Ruins.

Barleria macrostegia

Photo: Rob Burrett
Near Khami Ruins.

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Synonyms: Barleria burchelliana Nees
Barleria burkeana Sond.
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Status: Native
Perennial herb with multiple branched, prostrate stems up to 50 cm long, growing from a woody base. Leaves often clustered on short lateral branchlets, narrowly oblong, elliptic or lanceolate, 8-30 mm long with rough yellowish hairs on margin and midrib beneath; margin thickened and appearing minutely serrate because of bulbous hair bases. Inflorescences dense cylindrical or subglobose head, 2-7.5 cm long in the upper leaf axils. Bracteoles largely enclosing the calyx, broadly ovate, 20-32 mm long, green, sometimes with a white margin. Corolla 31-42 mm long, pale blue to purple with a whitish tube, rarely all white; lobes 9-15 mm long, upper lobes broadest. Capsule 14.5-17 mm long, hairless.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On bare ground in grassland, wooded grassland, roadsides, pathways and fallow land, often in sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 1250 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Free State, North West, Northern Cape, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C
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Images last updated: Sunday 28 June 2015

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 76 - 77.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 300. (Includes a picture).

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 17.

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Barleria macrostegia
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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: Barleria macrostegia., retrieved 19 June 2024

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