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

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Lamiaceae (Labiatae), A.J. Paton, G. Bramley, O. Ryding, R.M. Polhill, Y.B. Harvey, M. Iwarsson, F. Willis, P.B. Phillipson, K. Balkwill, C.W. Lukhoba, D.F. Otieno, & R.M. Harley. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2009

Type
Type: Tanzania, lower plateau N of Lake Malawi [Nyassa], Thomson s.n. (K!, holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Erect or ascending herb with annual stems arising from a woody rootstock, 10–60 cm tall
Morphology Stem
Stems erect, quadrangular, not or little branched, almost glabrous to pubescent or pilose, the hairs irregularly arranged, mostly rather spreading to mostly retrorse
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite or sometimes ternate, sessile, often thick-textured, ascending or spreading, mostly ovate-elliptic to elliptic, smaller ones more obovate, 2–9 × 0.8–4 cm, distally serrate, acute to rounded at apex, cuneate or attenuate at base, glabrous to pubescent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences condensed, with 6-flowered verticils usually touching in flower, up to 1 cm apart in fruit; bracts lanceolate, 6–10 × 1–2 mm, soon deciduous, the scar developing into a bowl-shaped nectary; pedicels 1–2(–4 in fruit) mm long, ascending, slightly flattened
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 7–8 mm long at anthesis, pubescent to pilose and with sessile glands; posterior lip elliptic or ovate-triangular in flower, exceeding the rest of the calyx by more than to 1.5 mm; lateral lobes of anterior lip truncate, densely ciliate and ± fimbriate towards the subulate-aristate median lobes; fruiting calyx 11–13(–15) mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla pink or mauve with darker veins on the posterior lobes, anterior lobes paler or white; tube dorsally gibbous, abruptly dilated at the throat; lobes of posterior lip with a few small teeth; anterior lip horizontal, concave around the stamens
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens exserted 12–15 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets straw-coloured to pale brown, rounded, slightly compressed, 2–2.5 mm across, producing a little mucilage when wet.
Ecology
Grassland prone to burning, often on wet or peaty soil; 1150–2400 m
Conservation
Least concern
Note
Most likely to be confused with O. obovatum var. galpinii on account of the often large broad leaves, but differs in the larger, elliptic-triangular posterior calyx lobe.
Distribution
Range: Zambia, Malawi Flora districts: T4 T7

Native to:

Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia

Ocimum dambicola A.J.Paton appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Bidgood, S. [6088], Tanzania K000468337
K000347039 Unknown type material

First published in R.Hiltunen & Y.Holm (eds.), Basil: 33 (1999)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Paton, A.J., Bramley, G., Ryding, O., Polhill, R., Harvey, Y., Iwarsson, M., Willis, F., Phillipson, P., Balkwill, K., Lukhoba, C., Otiend, D & Harley (2009). Lamiaceae (Labiatae) Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-430.
  • Paton, A.J., Bramley, G., Ryding, O., Polhill, R.M., Harvey, Y.B., Iwarsson, M., Otieno, D., Balkwill, K., Phillipson, P.B., Harley, R.M. & Willis, F. (2013). Flora Zambesiaca 8(8): 1-346. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Holm & Hiltunen, Ocimum: 33 (1999).

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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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