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Barleria rigida Willd. ex Nees


Barleria rigida

Spiny leaves



Family: Acanthaceae
Full name: Barleria rigida Willd. ex Nees
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Skerpioendissel
English common name(s): Scorpion thistle
Synonym(s): Barleria ilicina E.Mey. ex T.Anderson
Barleria irritans Nees var. rigida (Nees) C.B.Clarke
Barleria rigida Nees var. ilicina (E.Mey. ex T.Anderson) Oberm.
Barleria schenckii Schinz
Status: Native
Description: Leaves oblong, 0.75 by 0.167– 0.2 in., nearly glabrous, narrowed at the base into a very short petiole, margins much sinuate, more spine-toothed. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Capensis)

Barleria rigida var. ilicina with elliptic-ovate or ovate leaves appears to be an intermediate taxon between B. rigida var. latibracteatus and B. rigida var. rigida. It is differentiated from B. rigida var. latibracteatus by its hardened narrow single-veined bracteoles while it is differentiated from B. rigida var. rigida by its ovate leaves and conspicuously spiny sinuate leaf margins (with spines evenly distributed). (Morphological variation in five related species of Barleria (Acanthaceae), M.Sc. thesis, Univeristy of the Witwatersrand, Florence Chisenga Nyirenda, 2012)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 03 May 2008
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/60 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 01 Jun 2020


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