Plants photographed on Kyffhäuser
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Blepharis pruinosa Engl.


Blepharis pruinosa

Flower



Family: Acanthaceae
Full name: Blepharis pruinosa Engl.
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: ID not 100% certain
Afrikaans common name(s): -
English common name(s): Desert thistle, Mountain thistle
Synonym(s): -
Status: Endemic
Description: Minutely scabrous-pubescent or glabrate; stems 8 in. long, rigid, internodes up to 1.5 in. long; leaves approximated in fours, the upper pair 1–1.75 x 0.25– 0.333 in., oblong or subelliptic, subentire (i.e. without lobes), with scattered spinous teeth, minutely scabrous; petiole 0– 0.167 in. long, axillary spines (i.e. the basal bracts of the next year's spikes) 0.5 in. long, linear, simple; spikes 1–1.5 in. long, axillary, 2–5-flowered; bracts 0.75–1 x 0.25– 0.333 in., acuminate into a lanceolate tip, glabrous, pruinose, nerves conspicuously white, spinous teeth 9 and up to 0.2 in. long; bracteoles 0.666 in. long, linear; anticous calyx-segment 0.666 in. long; posticous sepal 0.75 in. long, hairy within; corolla 0.75–1 in. long, blue. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Capensis)

The desert thistle (Blepharis pruinosa) can grow up to 1m high. Its long spikes allows it the luxury to remain protected from predators. Even the flowers, densely clustered mainly in fours, are armed with extremely spiny bracts. Blepharis pruinosa bear pretty blue flowers which become cream-coloured to white once dry. (from www.namibian.org website)
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: 16 Jun 2008
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/60 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 01 Jun 2020


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