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 & SeyaniN
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 Mozambique: Barleria
Flora of Zambia: Barleria
Flora of Zimbabwe: Barleria
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Barleria

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Barleria
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Barleria
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Barleria
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Barleria
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Barleria

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Barleria.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1340, retrieved 24 April 2019

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