Brillantaisia madagascariensis T.Anderson ex Lindau

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Brillantaisia madagascariensis

Kamoa, DRC
Oct 2016
Photo: Warren McCleland

Brillantaisia madagascariensis

Kamoa, DRC
Oct 2016
Photo: Warren McCleland

Brillantaisia madagascariensis

Kamoa, DRC
Oct 2016
Photo: Warren McCleland

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Synonyms: Brillantaisia spicata Lindau
Common names:
Frequency: Very local
Status: Native
Robust perennial herb to 1.5 m. tall. Flowers in dense spiciform racemes without discernable lateral branches. Stems often creeping, rooting in basal part, apical part erect, glabrous with glossy hairs at nodes. Calyx green or purplish. Corolla mauve to purple, upper lip often paler and lower darker towards base.
Type location:
Notes: Red data list status: Very local in Zambia, though widespread globally. Near threatened.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Floating vegetation and river banks, swamp forest associated with Ficus trichopoda.
Altitude range: 1350 - 1400 m
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Tropical West and East Africa, Madagascar.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 15 May 2017

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 105 - 106.

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Pages 105 - 106.

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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: Brillantaisia madagascariensis., retrieved 25 April 2024

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