1. Family: Lamiaceae Martinov
    1. Genus: Rotheca Raf.
      1. Rotheca rupicola (Verdc.) Verdc.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Ethiopia to E. Kenya.

    [FTEA]

    Verbenaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1992

    Habit
    Subshrub 0.5–3 m. tall, of Commiphora- like habit; stems branched, pale dull ± purplish brown, finely pubescent when young, later glabrous and wrinkled.
    Leaves
    Leaves tufted on very short pubescent nodular shoots, oblanceolate-obovate, 3.5–9 cm. long, 1.2–5 cm. wide, rounded at the apex, very narrowly cuneate at the base forming an apparent petiole, entire, very sparingly pubescent at base and on nerves beneath; true petiole ± obsolete.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences apparently axillary but probably terminal on the nodules, up to 5 cm. long, 1–3-flowered, puberulous; peduncle 5 mm. long; secondary axis 8 mm. long; pedicels flattened, 6 mm. long; bracts oblong, 7.5 mm. × 3 mm.; bracteoles linear, 2–5 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx puberulous; tube 2.5–3 mm. long; lobes ovate to narrowly triangular, 3–4 mm. long, rounded at apex, densely glandular inside.
    Corolla
    Corolla dull wine-red or lateral lobes green and central one pale violet; tube curved, ± 1 cm. long; lobes oblong, 1.1–1.3 cm. long, 6–7 mm. wide, rounded at apex.
    Fruits
    Fruit globose, 1 cm. diameter, one seen 3-lobed.
    Habitat
    Acacia-Cordia open bushland with lava boulders and tussock grassland on rich volcanic soil; 160–800 m.
    Distribution
    K1 K7 not known elsewhere

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia

    Rotheca rupicola (Verdc.) Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jul 27, 1989 Hemming, C. [83/111], Kenya Clerodendrum rupicola K000192908 holotype

    First published in Kew Bull. 55: 152 (2000)

    Accepted by

    • Hedberg, I., Friis, I. & Persson, E. (2009). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 1: 1-305. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Hedberg, I., Friis, I. & Persson, E. (2009). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 1: 1-305. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. 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