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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Flora Zambesiaca. Vol 8, Pt 7. Avicenniaceae, R. Fernandes. Nesogenaceae, M.A. Diniz. Verbenaceae, R. Fernandes. Lamiaceae, R. Fernandes. 2005.

Type
Type from South Africa (Limpopo and North West Provinces).
Morphology General Habit
Shrub or tree (2.5)3–6 m tall; bark fissured, dark grey-brown; young branches and new growth densely whitish tomentose, becoming tomentellous to glabrescent on older branches Shrub or tree (2.5)3–6 m tall; bark fissured, dark grey-brown; young branches and new growth densely whitish tomentose, becoming tomentellous to glabrescent on older branches.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 3–5-foliolate; petiole 1–3 cm long, terete; median petiolules 0–4 mm long; leaflets 2–7 × 1–3.5 cm, elliptic to narrow-obovate, acute to rounded and sometimes shortly apiculate at the apex, cuneate to broadly cuneate at the base, entire, grey-green to silvery-white tomentose on both surfaces, the blades darker on the upper surface, not gland-dotted, nerves raised beneath Leaves 3–5-foliolate; petiole 1–3 cm long, terete; median petiolules 0–4 mm long; leaflets 2–7 × 1–3.5 cm, elliptic to narrow-obovate, acute to rounded and sometimes shortly apiculate at the apex, cuneate to broadly cuneate at the base, entire, grey-green to silvery-white tomentose on both surfaces, the blades darker on the upper surface, not gland-dotted, nerves raised beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences axillary, of ± sturdy compound dichasia, 5–9 cm long, densely white-tomentose; bracteoles 0.5–1.5 cm long, linear-spathulate Inflorescences axillary, of ± sturdy compound dichasia, 5–9 cm long, densely white-tomentose; bracteoles 0.5–1.5 cm long, linear-spathulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary obovoid, rounded at the apex, gland-dotted, tomentose except near the base; style c. 7 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit an obovoid nut, c. 4 × 5 mm, truncate at the apex and sharply tipped with remains of the style, almost fully enclosed in the enlarged calyx, brownish to black at maturity; fruiting calyx bell-shaped, tomentose, not gland-dotted. Fruit an obovoid nut, c. 4 × 5 mm, truncate at the apex and sharply tipped with remains of the style, almost fully enclosed in the enlarged calyx, brownish to black at maturity; fruiting calyx bell-shaped, tomentose, not gland-dotted.
Ecology
In wooded grassland with Terminalia sericea , on stony hill sides and in rocky valleys; c. 1000 m.
Note
Characterized by the white tomentose indumentum on branches, leaves and inflorescences.  It is related to the southern African V. rehmannii Gürke in which the median leaflets are narrowly oblong to lanceolate and both surfaces of the lamina are glabrous or with only a thin indumentum.
Distribution
Botswana District code: BOT SE. Also in South Africa (Limpopo, Gauteng and North West Provinces).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx campanulate, 5-lobed, not gland-dotted, tomentose outside, accrescent in fruit; tube c. 4 mm long; lobes 1.5–2.5 mm long, spreading, tomentose outside and pubescent inside. Calyx campanulate, 5-lobed, not gland-dotted, tomentose outside, accrescent in fruit; tube c. 4 mm long; lobes 1.5–2.5 mm long, spreading, tomentose outside and pubescent inside
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla sweet-scented, c. 10 mm long, not gland-dotted, tomentose outside; tube white-cream, 7–8 mm long, straight; lobes pale mauve, at an obtuse angle to tube, middle lower lobe 3 × 3.5 mm. Corolla sweet-scented, c. 10 mm long, not gland-dotted, tomentose outside; tube white-cream, 7–8 mm long, straight; lobes pale mauve, at an obtuse angle to tube, middle lower lobe 3 × 3.5 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens scarcely exserted from corolla tube; filaments glabrous. Stamens scarcely exserted from corolla tube; filaments glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary obovoid, rounded at the apex, gland-dotted, tomentose except near the base; style c. 7 mm long.

Native to:

Botswana, Cape Provinces, Northern Provinces

Vitex zeyheri Sond. ex Schauer appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Burke [73], South Africa K000192823

First published in A.P.de Candolle, Prodr. 11: 693 (1847)

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.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Barnes & Turton, List Fl. Pl. Botswana at Nat. Mus., Sebele & Univ. Botswana: 27 (1986).
  • Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 62 , Beibl. 141: 74 (1928).
  • Bothalia 26 , 2: 147 (1996).
  • F.C. 5 , 1: 216 (1901).
  • J. S. African Bot. 18 : 76 (1952).
  • K. Coates Palgrave, Trees South. Africa: 812 (1977).
  • Kew Bull. 56 : 203 (2001).
  • M. Coates Palgrave, ed. 3 of K. Coates Palgrave, Trees South. Africa: 987 (2002).
  • Phytologia 6 : 230 (1958).
  • S. African J. Bot. 59 : 617 (1993)

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