Spiny Acanthus

Robust spiney Acanthus, photo © Michael Plagens

Spikes of lavender-pink flowers above large, spiny-edged leaves. Kakamega Forest.

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Cheperenet

Baleria from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Blue flowers with five, slightly unequal petals. Two enlarged sepals below the bloom resemble a scallop shell. Mostly herbaceous.

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Spiny Barleria

a low-growing spiney shrub, Barleria sp. from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Small, bright yellow flowers with five lobes and two anthers appear above a spiny, low-growing, leafy shrub. Grassland habitat.

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Barleria #2

a Barleria with long and short spines from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Mostly hebaceous plant with peach-colored flowers. The slender spines are like fine needles.

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Black-eyed Susan Vine

Black-eyed Susan Vine, Thunbergia alata, photo © Michael Plagens

Unmistakable flower on a vine that grows in gardens and in sunny borders.

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Orange Clock Vine

Orange Clock Vine, Thunbergia gregorii, from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

The floral tube is angled below and the limb is pure solid orange.

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Gold Clock Vine

Thunbergia sp from Elgeyo Escarpment, Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

The throat and petals are golden yellow on the upper surface, whitish below. Small vine.

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Blue Trumpet Vine

a non-native from India from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

The stems reach several meters and are conspicuously angled at each stem node securing this climbing plant. Yellow-throated, blue flowers.

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Jammy Mouth

Ruttya fruticosa from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Large, peculiar orange-red flowers on shrub with thin branches. The rim of the flower throat is thickened and nearly black in color.

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Justicia sp.

tall, mostly herbaceous acanthaceae from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Stems of this leafy plant were about 1 to 2 m tall. Clusters of small purple and white flowers in crowded, terminal, spikes.

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Justicia insularis?

Justicia, acanthaceae from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Sometime a weedy plant with lavender flowers. Tubular flower with 3 + 2 lobes and a distinct nectar guide in throat.

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Justicia anselliana

a petite Justicia sp. from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Very dimunitive species growing among ferns in moist, understory habitat. Kongelai Escarpment. Flowers pale blue.

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Justicia ??

acanthaceae from Kakmega, Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Shubby acanth with large blue flowers from Kakmega Forest.

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Justicia

a Acanthaceae with small blooms in dense spikes from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

The small white flowers are set in dense, terminal spikes. Large elliptical leaves are prominently veined. Kakamega Forest.

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Brillantaisia

forest acanthaceae, Brillantaisia kirungae ?, from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

The tubular flowers have a very wide, open throat. Deltoid leaves have long winged petioles. Kakamega forest understory.

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Brillantaisia sp.

a possible Brillantaisia, acanthaceae from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Largely herbaceous plant at Kakamega Forest with large leaves and deep purple flowers.

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Ruellia sp.

Ruellia sp from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Large, blue-purple flowers on low growing sub-shrub. No thorns.

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Ruellia sp.

a grazing tolerant acanthaceae from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

This white-flowered herb, growing very close to ground, resists grazing cattle/goats in the Rift Valley highlands. Shown here is a developing fruit.

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Ruellia sp.

a grazing tolerant acanthaceae from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Purple-flowered mostly small herbaceous plant. Low growing on rangeland.

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 8 March 2013,
updated 11 May 2017.

By no means am I an expert on the Natural History of Kenya. I am a novice exploring this part of the World. By creating a page for the species as I encounter them I am teaching myself. If the reader finds an error, please let me know so that I can make corrections (use copyright link).