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.

Botswana: 13 taxa.

Blepharis maderaspatensis

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
aspera Oberm.NDescription, Image
bainesii S. Moore ex C.B. Clarke[LR-lc]N,SEDescription
diversispina (Nees) C.B. ClarkeN,SW,SEDescription, Image
integrifolia (L.f.) E. Mey. ex Schinz var. integrifolia N,SWDescription
integrifolia (L.f.) E. Mey. ex Schinz var. clarkei (Schinz) Oberm.N
leendertziae Oberm.N,SWDescription, Image
maderaspatensis (L.) RothN,SEDescription, Image
obmitrata C.B. ClarkeSW
petalidioides Vollesen[End]SE
serrulata (Nees) Ficalho & HiernSE
subvolubilis C.B.ClarkeSEDescription, Image
tenuiramea S. MooreNDescription, Image
transvaalensis SchinzSEDescription, Image

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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Blepharis
Wikipedia: Blepharis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Blepharis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Blepharis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Blepharis.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1343, retrieved 5 December 2022

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