Blepharis bainesii S. Moore ex C.B. Clarke

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Synonyms: Blepharis cataractae S. Moore
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Status: Native
Erect or procumbent annual herb with stems up to 40 cm long. Leaves lanceolate to narrowly oblong or ovate-elliptic, 3-11.5 cm long, almost hairless or somewhat roughly hairy, particularly along the midrib and the margin; margin entire. Flowers in capitate or somewhat elongate clusters along most of the stems. Bracts more or less linear-lanceolate, up to 3.5 cm, more or less hairy and set with numerous capitate glands; margin entire. Corolla pale to bright blue, rarely white, 12-18 mm long; lip obovate, 8-12 mm wide, distinctly 3-lobed, central lobe largest, almost square.
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Derivation of specific name: bainesii: after Thomas Baines (1820-75), artist and naturalist
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Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
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Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Botswana Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 19.

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 301 - 303. (Includes a picture).

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Page 91.

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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: Species information: Blepharis bainesii., retrieved 17 April 2024

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