Blepharis drummondii Vollesen

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Synonyms: Blepharis (Kelly 225)
Common names:
Frequency: Rare, known only from 2 collections.
Status: Native
Perennial herb with suberect or procumbent stems, up to 30 cm long, growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves oblong-elliptic, 6-10 cm long, roughly hairy; margin with numerous forward-pointed teeth. Spikes 10-26-flowered, 3-7 cm long. Bracts green, white near the base and with white veining, silky appressed hairy, tip recurved triangular with narrow spines on the margin. Corolla white or very pale blue, 16-18 mm long.
Notes: Recorded only from the Mwenezi District and in the Gonarezhou National Park.
Derivation of specific name: drummondii: named after R. B. 'Bob' Drummond (1924-2008), former Keeper of the National Herbarium in Harare (SRGH)
Habitat: Occurring in sandy soils on stony ridges.
Altitude range: (metres) 300 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Southeastern Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 131.

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. (2000). Blepharis (Acanthaceae). A taxonomic revision. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pages 77 - 79. (Includes a picture).

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Page 67.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Blepharis drummondii
African Plant Database: Blepharis drummondii
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Blepharis drummondii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Blepharis drummondii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Blepharis drummondii
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Blepharis drummondii
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Blepharis drummondii
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Blepharis drummondii
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Blepharis drummondii
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Blepharis drummondii
Ispot Southern Africa: Blepharis drummondii
JSTOR Plant Science: Blepharis drummondii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Blepharis drummondii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Blepharis drummondii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Blepharis drummondii
Tropicos: Blepharis drummondii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Blepharis drummondii., retrieved 22 April 2019

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