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This species is accepted, and its native range is NE. Tropical Africa to N. Tanzania, SW. Arabian Peninsula.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Annual or short-lived perennial herb, 5–80 cm tall, aromatic
Morphology Leaves
Leaves petiolate; blade thin, broadly to narrowly ovate, up to 10–30 × 6–20 mm, apex obtuse to acute, base rounded, cuneate or attenuate, margin crenate or crenate-serrate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence lax with spaced verticillasters; cymes 1–5(-9)-flowered; pedicels thin, 2–10 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits Fruiting calyx
Fruiting calyx almost straight, thickened at the base, above narrowly cylindric, 13-ribbed, hairy at the mouth, 5–8 mm long; lobes slightly unequal, 0.5–1 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 7–10 mm long, rose; lips much shorter than the tube
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens and style not protruding beyond the mouth of the corolla-tube (in Somalia)
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets 0.9–1.1 × 0.5–0.6 mm, producing mucilage when wet.
Distribution
N1, 2
Ecology
Altitude range 1350–2160 m.

[FTEA]

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. Clinopodium, O Ryding. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2009

Type
Type: Ethiopia, Tigray, Mt Scholoda, Schimper I. 326 (K!, holo. BM, BR, S, STU, UPS!, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Woody herb with a rootstock, subshrub or sometimes annual herb, erect or ascending, up to 8–200 cm tall
Morphology Stem
Young stems sparsely to densely hairy with spreading or recurved eglandular hairs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves petiolate, petiole 0.05–0.8 times as long as the blade; blade ovate, broadly ovate or rarely elliptic or oblate, up to 0.7–4.5 × 0.4–3.5 cm, margin crenate, apex rounded, obtuse, subacute or sometimes acute or acuminate, base rounded or cuneate-attenuate, rounded-truncate or cordate, mostly with sessile glands on both sides
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence with verticils spaced or crowded; cymes (1–)3–many-flowered
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx straight or almost so, indistinctly or slightly 2-lipped, 3.5–8 mm long; posterior lip lobed along 70–100 of its length, central lobe 1.5–4.5 times longer than broad; two lobes of anterior lip 0.9–1.3 times as long as the lateral lobes of the posterior lip (both measured from their common sinus)
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 6–12 mm long, pink, purple, mauve, violet or white
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens included in corolla tube or up to as long as posterior corolla lip; anthers with the thecae parallel and tightly arranged
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets ellipsoid or ovoid, rounded, obtuse or sometimes acute at the apex, 0.8–1.3 × 0.4–0.7 mm, 1.5–2.2 times longer than broad, slightly mucilaginous when wet.
Note
C. abyssinicum is divided into two strikingly divergent varieties. These varieties are rather distinct in Ethiopia, but are very difficult to delimit in East Africa. Consequently, many collections cannot be classified at infraspecific level. That does also apply to the collections from T 7 (e.g. Greenway 8385 and Magogo 2401). They constitute a geographically isolated form, which resembles var. condensatum in some respects and var. abyssinica in other respects. The form has the following combination of characteristics: plants tall, densely hairy with short hairs; leaves narrow, pedicels short, calyces long and the posterior stamens almost as long at the posterior corolla lip.

Native to:

Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen

Clinopodium abyssinicum (Benth.) Kuntze appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Hooker [s.n.], Ethiopia Micromeria abyssinica K000193389 Unknown type material
Hildebrandt, J.M. [1424], Ethiopia Micromeria abyssinica K000414947
Schimper [326], Ethiopia Micromeria abyssinica K000414946 isotype
Schimper [326], Ethiopia Micromeria abyssinica K000414945 isotype
Schimper [326], Ethiopia Micromeria abyssinica K000414948 isotype

First published in Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 515 (1891)

Accepted by

  • 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.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Not accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Micromeria abyssinica.]
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [Cited as Micromeria abyssinica.]

Literature

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, (2000) Author: by O. Ryding [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Fl. Somalia 3: 332 (2006).
  • J.L.S. 150: 400 (2006)
  • Rev. Gen. Pl. 2: 515 (1891)

Flora of Somalia
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