Pentanisia ouranogyne

Pentanisia ouranogyne by Michael Plagens

Among low growing savanna vegetation near Kiserian, Kenya. Dec. 2015.

LEAVES: The leaves are lanceolate-linear and beset with stiff pubescence. They are arranged opposite on the stems.

SUBSHRUB: Lower portions woody with upper portions herbaceous, about 60 cm tall.

FLOWERS: The dark blue flowers have long slender tubes and a crown of long hairs blocking the throat - I suspect these function to exclude some nectar robbers. There are four or five petals.




Rubiaceae -- Coffee Family

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Kenya Natural History

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