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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to E. Central & E. Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[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, Gondar Region, Semien, Mt Bachit [Bauchit], Schimper II. 999 (K!, holo. BM!, pro parte, UPS!, pro parte, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb, prostrate to ascending
Morphology Stem
Young stems with spreading eglandular hairs of very different lengths
Morphology Leaves
Leaves petiolate, the petiole 0.2–0.8 times as long as the blade; blade elliptic, ovate or subcircular, up to 0.5–2.5 × 0.4–1.8 cm, margin crenate, apex rounded to subacute, base rounded, truncate, slightly cordate or cuneate-attenuate, with sessile glands on the underside only
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence lax or mostly with the verticils crowded in the apical part; cymes 1–15-flowered
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx often purple, ± sigmoid, strongly 2-lipped, 3.1–6.2 mm long; posterior lip lobed along 25–75 of its length, central lobe 0.9–1.4 times as long as broad; two lobes of anterior lip 0.75–1.2 times as long as the lateral lobes of the posterior lip (both measured from their common sinus)
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla purple, pink or white, 4–10.5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Posterior stamens sterile and ± reduced or sometimes apparently fertile; anthers divaricate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets ellipsoid, rounded at the apex, 0.6–1.1 × 0.5–0.9 mm, apparently not mucilaginous when wet
Ecology
Moist or wet grassland, moist open woodland or shrubland, forest edges, often by streams, lake or seepage areas, mostly in partial shade; 1700-3500 m
Conservation
Least concern; widespread and unlikely to be threatened
Note
The species can be divided into some forms with slightly overlapping distribution areas, of which the following two occur in East Africa. 1) A form with prominently dentate-serrate leaves, many-flowered cymes, and rather small flowers. The most typical representatives occur at rather low altitudes in U 1 ( Stauffer 948) and K 3 ( Beentje 1942). Gereau et al. 3190 from T 7 is close, but has the leaves less prominently dentate. 2) The other form has the leaves typically smaller and less prominently lobed, 1–3-flowered cymes and larger flowers. The most typical representatives occur on higher altitudes in U 2 ( Hedberg 610) and K 3/4 ( Fries & Fries 2429). The collection from T 6 ( Thulin & Mhoro 1053) is similar to this form, but also approaches C. kilimandschari.
Distribution
Range: Congo-Kinshasa (Kivu), Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia Flora districts: U2 U3 K3 K4 K5 T2 T6 T7

Native to:

Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Schimper [1144], Ethiopia Clinopodium cryptanthum K000193406 Unknown type material
Schimper [722], Ethiopia Clinopodium cryptanthum K000414982 Unknown type material
Quartin-Dillon [2], Ethiopia Clinopodium cryptanthum K000414983

First published in Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 516 (1891)

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.
  • 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.
  • Ryding, O. (2006). Revision of Clinopodium simense group (Labiatae) Kew Bulletin 61: 419-432.

Not accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Satureja simensis.]
  • 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 Satureja simensis.]

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Ryding, O. (2006). Revision of Clinopodium simense group (Labiatae) Kew Bulletin 61: 419-432.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Rev. Gen. Pl. 2: 516 (1891).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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