Barleria ventricosa?

Baleria sp. Acanthaceae, photo © Michael Plagens

Observed near Kapenguria on the Elgeyo Escarpment, West Pokot, Kenya, Africa. July 2014. The common name used here is one that refers to the local medicinal use for treating snake bites.

LEAVES: The opposite leaves are elliptical with a thick coat of pubescence, especially underneath.

PERENNIAL: Herbaceous growth above and slightly woody below. Observed specimen was about a meter tall and leafy.

FLOWERS: Sky blue flowers have five slightly unequal petals.

RANGE: One of several species of Baleria found in Kenya.

FRUIT: Two valved capsule, enclosed in a pair of enlarged sepals, clam-like.


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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 24 March 2015.