7980.000 Blepharis Juss.

Vollesen, K. (2000) Blepharis (Acanthaceae). A taxonomic revision. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs or shrubs. Leaves in false whorls of 4; one pair smaller than the other. Flowers in spike-like cymes. Calyx composed of 4 glumaceous sepals. Corolla 1-lipped; the lip 3-5-lobed. Stamens 4; 2 anterior filaments broader than the posterior. Ovary 2-locular. Capsule 2-seeded. Seeds discoid, covered with hygroscopic hairs.

Worldwide: 126 species, widespread in tropical Africa, South Africa, Arabia, through India extending to SE Asia and China.

Malawi: 13 taxa.

Blepharis maderaspatensis

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
acanthodioides KlotzschC,SDescription, Image
bainesii S. Moore ex C.B. ClarkeDescription
buchneri LindauN?Description, Image
glumacea S. MooreN,CDescription, Image
grandis C.B. ClarkeN,C,SDescription, Image
involucrata SolmsSDescription
katangensis De Wild.N,C
maderaspatensis (L.) RothN,C,SDescription, Image
menocotyle Milne-Redh. C
pungens KlotzschSDescription, Image
sol C.B. Clarke[End?]N
tanganyikensis (Napper) VollesenN
tenuiramea S. MooreN,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Blepharis:

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

External websites:

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

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: Blepharis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1343, retrieved 26 May 2024

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