Barleria velutina Champl.

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Barleria velutina

Miombo woodland, below Kabompo Gorge
May 2012
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Barleria grandicalyx sensu Phiri
Common names:
Frequency: Limited distribution but not uncommon
Status: Native
Suffrutex, much-branched, erect or procumbent, 30-75 cm tall; stems with dense long appressed or ascending buff-coloured hairs, with shorter, finer spreading hairs on two opposite sides. Inflorescence usually congested into a short spike.3.5-11 cm long terminating main and short lateral branches, sometimes more widely spaced and axillary, each cyme single flowered, sessile. Calyx outer lobes with darker venation. Corolla lobes blue, adaxial pair absent or obsolete.
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Notes: Synonyms: Barleria grandicalyx sensu Phiri, Checklist Zamb. Vasc. Pl.: 18 (2005), non Lindau.
Derivation of specific name: velutina = velvety; densely covered with short soft erect hairs
Habitat: Miombo woodland
Altitude range: 1100 m (approx)
Flowering time:May - June
Worldwide distribution:
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw
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Content last updated: Monday 8 May 2017

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Page 52.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Barleria velutina
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Barleria velutina
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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: Barleria velutina., retrieved 13 April 2024

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