Barleria ameliae A. Meeuse

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Barleria ameliae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Barleria ameliae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Barleria ameliae

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Sinamatella to Mandavu Dam, Hwange NP

Barleria ameliae

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Sinamatella to Mandavu Dam, Hwange NP

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Synonyms: Barleria prionitis L. subsp. ameliae (A.Meeuse) Brummitt & J.R.I. Wood
Common names:
Status: Native
Shrub-like perennial herb, up to 1.5 m tall, more or less woody at the base. Stems with slender axillary spines. Leaves opposite, ovate-lanceolate, up to 5 × 2 cm, tapering to a sharp point. Flowers axillary and terminal, yellow to orange; bracts narrowly ovate, tapering to a sharp spine-like tip.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In mopane and Acacia woodland and dry open riverine forest and thicket, on sandy soils.
Flowering time:Jan - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, ?Botswana and Caprivi Namibia.
Botswana distribution: ?N
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 114 - 115.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 386 - 387. as Barleria prionitis (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 13. as Barleria prionitis subsp. ameliae

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 18. as Barleria prionites

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 76 - 77. as Barleria prionitis (Includes a picture).

Roodt, V. (2011). Wild flowers, Waterplants and Grasses of the Okavango Delta and Kalahari "Did You Know" nature series Struik Nature for Veronica Roodt Publications Page 43. (Includes a picture).

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

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Flora of Caprivi: Barleria ameliae
Flora of Malawi: Barleria ameliae
Flora of Mozambique: Barleria ameliae
Flora of Zambia: Barleria ameliae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Barleria ameliae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Barleria ameliae
African Plant Database: Barleria ameliae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Barleria ameliae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Barleria ameliae
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iNaturalist: Barleria ameliae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Barleria ameliae
JSTOR Plant Science: Barleria ameliae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Barleria ameliae
Plants of the World Online: Barleria ameliae
Tropicos: Barleria ameliae
Wikipedia: Barleria ameliae

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 Botswana: Species information: Barleria ameliae., retrieved 26 May 2024

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