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This species is accepted, and its native range is NE. & 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. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2009

Type
Type: cultivated in Paris from seed collected by Bruce in Ethiopia (P-LA, holo. microfiche!)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial aromatic shrub to 2.5 m tall
Morphology Stem
Stems erect, rounded-quadrangular, woody, densely pubescent or tomentose with antrorse hairs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves spreading or ascending, sometimes paler beneath, petiolate; blade ovate, broadly ovate or elliptical, 1–6 × 0.6–3 cm, entire or serrate, apex acute, obtuse or rounded, base cuneate, sparsely pubescent to tomentose, glandular-punctate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence condensed or lax with 6-flowered verticils up to 30 mm apart; bracts purplish, narrowly ovate to ovate, 4–5 mm long, erect above forming a small apical coma, soon deciduous, the scar forming a bowl-shaped nectary; pedicels ascending, 3 mm long, flattened, distally curved
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 4–5 mm long at anthesis, pubescent and with sessile glands; posterior lip purplish, obovate, mucronate at apex; lateral lobes of anterior lip truncate, ciliate and ± fimbriate towards subulate-aristate median lobes; fruiting calyx 10–13 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white marked purple or purplish-pink, 14–15 mm long; tube 9 mm long, slightly curved, dorsally gibbous, dilating abruptly at throat; lobes of posterior lip fimbriate; anterior lip horizontal cucullate around filaments
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens exserted from corolla throat 10–25 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets pale brown, broadly ovoid, 2 mm long, smooth, producing a small amount of mucilage when wet.

Native to:

Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania

Ocimum grandiflorum Lam. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 2009 Friedberg [E5], Ethiopia K000248499
s.coll. [s.n.] K000509553
Schimper [151], Ethiopia K000347071
Ash [1636], Ethiopia Becium grandiflorum 35569.000
Ash [1812], Ethiopia Becium grandiflorum 35881.000

First published in Encycl. 1: 387 (1785)

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.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Hedberg, I., Kelbessa, E., Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Persson, E. (eds.) (2006). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 5: 1-690. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Encycl. Méth. Bot. 1: 387 (1785)
  • Holm & Hiltunen, Ocimum: 31 (1999).
  • Holm & Hiltunen, Ocimum: 31 (1999)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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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