Barleria ventricosa Hochst. ex Nees

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Barleria ventricosa

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Entrance to Ndundu Lodge, Vumba near Tony's Coffee Shoppe

Barleria ventricosa

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Leopard Rock Golf Course, Vumba

Barleria ventricosa

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Close to Inyangombe Falls

Barleria ventricosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Close to Inyangombe Falls

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Synonyms: Barleria scindens Oberm.
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Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Somewhat scrambling or erect herbaceous shrub, usually up to c. 1 m tall, rarely up to 5 m. Stems without spines, more or less densely covered in somewhat appressed yellowish hairs. Leaves opposite, ovate or elliptic, 1.5-13 cm long, more or less densely covered in yellowish-buff to brown hairs, at least on the veins. Flowers in 1-7-flowered axillary, verticillate clusters, together rarely forming spike-like terminal inflorescences. Enlarged calyx lobes elliptic, rhombic, ovate or rounded, up to 24 × 17 mm, hairs like on the leaves; margin mostly entire, rarely with bristle-tipped teeth. Corolla pale to bright blue, mauve-blue or white, 15-40 mm long, glandular hairy on the upper tube and lobes. Capsule 7-14.5 mm long, hairless.
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Habitat: In woodland and along forest margins
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Saturday 7 September 2013

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 82 - 84. (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. as Barleria scindens

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Barleria ventricosa., retrieved 20 October 2021

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