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Acanthaceae: Barleria natalensis

J.M Wood, 803


Barleria natalensis Lindau

Original Distribution

Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa - KwaZulu-Natal.

Extinction Data

IUCN Red Data 1997


Erect, slender 30-50(-80) cm tall; stem tetragonal minutely and densely pubescent. Leaves slender petiolate; Petiole 1.5-5.5 cm long; blade 2.5-4(-7) x 4-6 cm, (lanceolate) oblong or ovate – oblong, at base cordate with sinus 2-4(-7) mm deep, at apex obtuse, on margins crenate with 10-36 teeth to each side, membranacous, on upper surface most minutely tomentulose, on lower side very obscurely veiny and white tormentose. Inflorescence c. 20-30 cm long, simple, spicate; bracts oblong-linear, acute, 4-6 mm long or lowers ones 1-1.8 cm long, lower ones subfoliacous. Calyx at anthesis cyclindric – obconic, pubescent, 9-12 mm, long, with naorrow and sharp lobes 2-4 mm long. Corolla externally very pubescent, its slender tube 1-1.4 cm long, its lips marginally crenulate –incised and curled, the upper lips about 6 mm long, the lower a little shorter and 3-lobed with lobe rotundate

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Date Collected

June 1880

Information Sources

Hilton-Taylor, C. (1996) Red data list of southern African plants. Strelitzia 4. Pretoria, South Africa, National Botanic Institute.Walter, K.S. and Gillett, H.J. (eds) (1998). 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants. Compiled by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre IUCN – The World Conservation Union, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK