Barleria mackenii Hook.f.

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Barleria mackenii

Photo: Brian Rode
Ngamiland Concession 22 - Vumbura, Okavango Delta

Barleria mackenii

Photo: Brian Rode
Ngamiland Concession 22 - Vumbura, Okavango Delta

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Synonyms: Barleria cunenensis Benoist
Barleria gibsonii sensu Shendage & Yadav in part
Barleria jucunda Benoist
Barleria jucunda Benoist var. pilosula Benoist
Common names:
Status: Native
Shrubby perennial herb. Leaves opposite lanceolate; margin entire. Flowers axillary, showy, mauve purple with a darker throat; corolla lobes broad and overlapping. Enlarged calyx lobes distinctly swollen, broadly ovate with prominent veins; margin entire without spines.
Derivation of specific name: mackenii: after Mark J. McKen (?-1872), Scottish plant collector and herbarium curator at the Durban Botanic Gardens.
Habitat: Various types of dry woodland, dambo margins, grassland and rocky hillsides.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N,SW,SE
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 18 October 2015

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Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 17.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Barleria mackenii., retrieved 3 February 2023

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