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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Acanthaceae (part 2), Kaj Vollesen. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2008

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb with several erect stems to 40 cm tall from woody rootstock; stems glabrous (with a fringe of hairs at nodes) to sparsely puberulous or with a few scattered curly hairs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves with petiole 0–10 mm long; lamina elliptic-obovate or narrowly so, largest 3.5–7 × 1–2.8 cm, apex acute to rounded, base attenuate to cuneate, decurrent on petiole, glabrous or with scattered hairs on midrib (rarely sparsely puberulous)
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in 2-flowered axillary cymes (flower away from stem developing first) or solitary towards apex; peduncle 0–2 mm long; pedicels 0–1 mm long, glabrous (rarely puberulous); bracts and bracteoles lanceolate to elliptic, 11–30 × 1–9 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 8–10(–12) mm long, divided to 2–3 mm from base, glabrous with ciliate lobes or glabrous except for a terminal hair on each lobe
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla opening in the evening, fallen by morning, white to pale mauve; tube 37–64 mm long of which the basal cylindric part 20–42 mm and the throat 13–22 mm long; lobes 12–16 × 11–16 mm, broadly ovate with entire to dentate crenate margin
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens included in throat, didynamous, anthers slightly overlapping; filaments fused for 1–2 mm at base, free parts 2–4 and 4–6 mm long; anthers 2.5–4 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Stigma
Ventral stigma lobe 1–1.5 × ± 0.5 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule clavate, glabrous, 17–22 mm long, (4–)6–14seeded
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed broadly ellipsoid to circular, grey to brown, 4.5–5 × 4–4.5 mm
Ecology
Seasonally waterlogged short grassland on black cotton soil, Acacia drepanolobium grassland on clayey loam; 1100–1300 m
Note
According to Burtt 4596 this species is pollinated by hawkmoths. Closely related to the widespread and variable R. patula. It differs in the larger corolla, larger seeds and different inflorescence.
Type
Type: Tanzania, Dodoma District: Kazikazi, Burtt 4596 (K!, holo.)
Distribution
Flora districts: T1 T2 T5 Range: Not known elsewhere

Native to:

Tanzania

Ruellia burttii Vollesen appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 2008 Burtt, B.D. [4596], Tanzania K000780535 holotype

First published in Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Acanth.(1): 209 (2008)

Accepted by

  • Vollesen, K. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae(1): 1-285.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Vollesen, K. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae(1): 1-285.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0