7980.000 Blepharis Juss.

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

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs or shrubs. Leaves in false whorls of 4; one pair smaller than the other. Flowers in spike-like cymes. Calyx composed of 4 glumaceous sepals. Corolla 1-lipped; the lip 3-5-lobed. Stamens 4; 2 anterior filaments broader than the posterior. Ovary 2-locular. Capsule 2-seeded. Seeds discoid, covered with hygroscopic hairs.

Worldwide: 126 species, widespread in tropical Africa, South Africa, Arabia, through India extending to SE Asia and China.

Zambia: 18 taxa.

Blepharis maderaspatensis

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
asteracantha C.B. ClarkeN
bainesii S. Moore ex C.B. ClarkeC,SSDescription
buchneri LindauB,N,WLpDescription, Image
cuanzensis S. MooreW
glumacea S. MooreN,W,CN,Mc,LkDescription, Image
grandis C.B. ClarkeNDescription, Image
inflata VollesenW,S
inopinata VollesenN
involucrata SolmsN,C,SLkDescription
katangensis De Wild.N,W,C
leendertziae Oberm.C,SSDescription, Image
maderaspatensis (L.) RothN,W,C,SLk,WDescription, Image
menocotyle Milne-Redh. W,CNw,N,Mc,C,Lk
pungens KlotzschC,SDescription, Image
richardsiae VollesenN
stuhlmannii Lindau N
tanganyikensis (Napper) VollesenN,C
tenuiramea S. MooreB,N,C,E,SC,Lk,SDescription, Image

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Blepharis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Blepharis
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Blepharis
JSTOR Plant Science: Blepharis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Blepharis
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Tropicos: Blepharis
Wikipedia: Blepharis

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Blepharis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1343, retrieved 13 April 2024

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