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This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to S. Africa.
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: South Africa, Gauteng, Magaliesberg, Burke s.n. (K!, holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial woody herb with 1–several stems arising from a woody rootstock, up to 75 cm tall, aromatic or not
Morphology Stem
Stems ascending, quadrangular, branching above, woody at base, glabrous to pubescent with retrorse hairs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves usually ascending, with fascicles of young leaves in axils, sessile; blade linear or very narrowly obovate, often inrolled on drying, 1–4 × 0.1–0.3 cm, entire, apex rounded or obtuse, base attenuate, glabrous or very sparsely pubescent, glandular-punctate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence lax with 6flowered verticils 8–20 mm apart; bracts linear or narrowly ovate, 1–4 mm long, erect above forming an apical coma, soon deciduous, the scar forming a bowl-shaped nectary; pedicels 2 mm long, erect, flattened
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 2.5–3 mm long at anthesis, pubescent and with sessile glands, margin of lateral lobes ciliate; posterior lip purplish, obovate, mucronate; fruiting calyx 5.5–6.5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 4–5 mm long, white, yellow or pink; tube 3 mm long, straight, funnel-shaped; lobes of posterior lip denticulate or entire; anterior lip horizontal or slightly deflexed, cucullate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens exserted 4–8 mm from corolla throat, often coiled
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets pale brown, broadly ovoid, 1.5 mm long, smooth, producing copious mucilage when wet.
Ecology
Grassland on sandy or laterite soil, sometimes on poorly drained black soil; 1200–2100 m
Conservation
Least concern
Distribution
Range: Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa Flora districts: K4 K6 T1 T2 T4 T5

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Free State, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Ocimum angustifolium Benth. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Holub, E. [s.n.], South Africa K000347133
Burke [1356], South Africa K000347134 Unknown type material
Holub [s.n.], South Africa K000347135
Collins, M. [57], South Africa K000347137
Bidgood, S. [5338], Tanzania K000190568
Rehmann, A. [4272], South Africa K000347136 Unknown type material

First published in A.P.de Candolle, Prodr. 12: 37 (1848)

Accepted by

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • 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.
  • Retief, E. & Meyer, N.L. (2017). Plants of the Free State inventory and identification guide Strelitzia 38: 1-1236. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Retief, E. & Meyer, N.L. (2017). Plants of the Free State inventory and identification guide Strelitzia 38: 1-1236. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • DC., Prodr. 12: 37 (1848)
  • Holm & Hiltunen, Ocimum: 29 (1999).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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