Blepharis buchneri Lindau

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Blepharis buchneri

Ferme Randu, southwest Katanga Province, DRC; Apr 2008.
Photo: Jos Stevens

Blepharis buchneri

Ferme Randu, southwest Katanga Province, DRC; Dec 2007.
Photo: Jos Stevens

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Synonyms: Blepharis buchneri Lindau var. major De Wild.
Blepharis malangensis S. Moore
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Status: Native
Erect to procumbent annual, perennial or shrubby herb. Stems up to 1.25 m tall. Leaves glabrous to sparsely pilose, scabrid above, with the larger pair in a whorl more than 5 times as long as the smaller pair. Leaf lamina of larger pair lanceolate to narrowly ovate or elliptic; margin toothed; lamina of smaller pair rhombic-triangular in outline, sharply toothed. Flowers arranged in capitate or elongated heads. Outer bracts with strong submarginal veins, narrowly ovate-elliptic. Corolla pale or bright blue or bluish purple, 17-54 mm long; limb obovate, distinctly 3-lobed. Anther appendage 1-7 mm long. Capsule 10-13 mm long.
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Habitat: In a wide variety of habitats, including grassland on black clay, riverine woodland, miombo woodland, rocky outcrops, lake shores, roadsides and also as a weed in villages and towns.
Altitude range: 600 - 2150 m
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia and Angola.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp
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Content last updated: Saturday 8 March 2014

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 54.

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.

Vollesen, K. (2000). Blepharis (Acanthaceae). A taxonomic revision. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pages 295 - 298. (Includes a picture).

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Pages 90 - 91.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Blepharis buchneri., retrieved 28 November 2021

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