Barleria pretoriensis C.B. Clarke

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Barleria pretoriensis

Photo: Mark Theron
Kruin Park Nature Reserve, Pretoria

Barleria pretoriensis

Photo: Mark Theron
Kruin Park Nature Reserve, Pretoria

Barleria pretoriensis

Photo: Mark Theron
Kruin Park Nature Reserve, Pretoria

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Common names: Pretoria barleria (English)
Status: Native
Much-branched perennial herb or subshrub, 30-80 cm tall. Stem with many white stiff appressed medifixed hairs; uppermost internodes often glandular-hairy. Leaves 2-5 cm × 0.3-1 cm, lanceolate or narrowly oblong. Flowers axillary, but often crowded towards the stem apex. Bracts not clearly distinct from the leaves. Corolla 38-60 mm long, white at first, turning pale pink, mauve or violet; tube 13.5 - 25 mm long; lobes in a 4+1 arrangement. Ovary and capsule densely appressed-hairy.
Derivation of specific name: pretoriensis: of Pretoria, South Africa.
Habitat: Open rocky hillsides, rock crevices or sparse bushland wooded grassland
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana and South Africa (Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and North West).
Botswana distribution: SE
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Content last updated: Saturday 31 March 2018

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Page 105.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 40. (Includes a picture).

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

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 pretoriensis., retrieved 26 May 2024

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