Blepharis aspera Oberm.

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Blepharis aspera

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Tuli to Hwali River bridge

Blepharis aspera

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Tuli to Hwali River bridge

Blepharis aspera

Photo: Petra Ballings
By road from Tuli to Hwali River bridge

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Synonyms: Blepharis diversispina sensu S. Moore
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Status: Native
Procumbent or prostrate shrubby herb, up to 35 cm long. Leaves more or less narrowly elliptic or rarely obovate, 1.5-5 cm long, glossy, sparsely and minutely roughly hairy; margin with 4-10 triangular mucronate teeth on each side. Spikes 4-12-flowered, 1.5-5 cm long. Bracts dark green to almost completely whitish minutely hairy with occasional longer hairs on the veins, 15 27 mm long, spine-tip recurved, 5-11 mm long with 3-6 narrow spines on each side of the margin. Corolla blue to mauve, 20-27 mm long; lip hairy below, central lobe emarginate and somewhat narrowing towards the base.
Derivation of specific name: aspera: rough
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland and bush, often on degraded or disturbed soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 450 - 1400 m
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Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 18 December 2012

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6.

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.

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.

Vollesen, K. (2000). Blepharis (Acanthaceae). A taxonomic revision. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pages 85 - 86.

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Pages 68 - 69.

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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: Blepharis aspera., retrieved 25 June 2024

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