7973.000 Barleria L.

Description of the genus

Small shrubs or suffrutices. Leaves opposite. Flowers usually in cymes, or solitary and axillary, or in terminal spikes or heads with reduced leaves; bracts and bracteoles sometimes spiny. Calyx 4-partite; segments unequal, leaf-like or membranous, sometimes spiny, the two outer enclosing the inner. Corolla ± actinomorphic, 4-5-lobed or ± 2-lipped, with a tubular base; lobes obovate, sometimes unequal. Stamens 2 or 4, not didynamous. Ovary 2-locular with 2 ovules per loculus. Capsule solid in upper part; seeds flat with hygroscopic hairs.

Derivation of name: After Jacques Barrelier (1606-1673), a Dominican monk and French botanist

Worldwide: 250 species in the tropics

Malawi: 14 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Sarangesa motozi (Forest elfin)
Barleria spinulosa subsp. spinulosa

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
ameliae A. MeeuseSDescription, Image
boehmii LindauN
calophylloides Lindau subsp. pilosa I.Darbysh.N,C
capitata KlotzschSDescription, Image
crassa C.B. Clarke subsp. crassa CDescription, Image
fulvostellata C.B. Clarke subsp. axillaris I. Darbysh.C
fulvostellata C.B. Clarke subsp. fulvostellata [NrEnd][EN]N
fulvostellata C.B. Clarke subsp. mangochiensis I. Darbysh.[NrEnd][EN]S
hirta Oberm.SDescription, Image
holstii LindauCImage
lactiflora Brummitt & SeyaniNDescription, Image
senensis KlotzschSDescription, Image
spinulosa Klotzsch subsp. spinulosa N,C,SDescription, Image
ventricosa Hochst. ex NeesSDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Barleria:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Barleria
Flora of Caprivi: Barleria
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Barleria
Flora of Mozambique: Barleria
Flora of Zambia: Barleria
Flora of Zimbabwe: Barleria
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Barleria

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Barleria
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Barleria
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Barleria
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Barleria
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Barleria
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Barleria
JSTOR Plant Science: Barleria
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Barleria
Plants of the World Online: Barleria
Tropicos: Barleria
Wikipedia: Barleria

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Barleria.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1340, retrieved 20 April 2024

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