Blepharis grandis C.B. Clarke

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Blepharis grandis

Savannah grasslands and open woodlands
Nsumbu National Park
May 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

Blepharis grandis

Savannah grasslands and open woodlands
Nsumbu National Park
May 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

Blepharis grandis

Savannah grasslands and open woodlands
Nsumbu National Park
May 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Common names:
Status: Native
Procumbent, straggling or erect perennial herb with stems up to 1 m long growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves more or less narrowly ovate or elliptic, 5.5-12 cm long, glossy green above, usually greyish beneath, stiff and leathery; margin toothed at least in the lower half. Inflorescence capitate on the upper half of the stems. Corolla pale, bright or dark blue, mauve or bluish-purple, 25-35 mm long and 14-18 mm wide. Lip 3-5-lobed with 3 strong ribs. Capsule 9-10 mm long.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: grandis: of great size
Habitat: In woodland and tall grassland, sometimes in pine plantations.
Altitude range: 900 - 2400 m
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
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Content last updated: Monday 20 July 2020

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 48. (Includes a picture).

Vollesen, K. (2000). Blepharis (Acanthaceae). A taxonomic revision. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pages 266 - 269. (Includes a picture).

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Pages 82 - 83.

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Flora of Malawi: Blepharis grandis
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Blepharis grandis
African Plant Database: Blepharis grandis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Blepharis grandis
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Wikipedia: Blepharis grandis

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Blepharis grandis., retrieved 29 September 2023

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