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This species is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe.

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

Morphology General
A much branched straggling shrub 0.6–1.6 m tall
Ecology
On or beside granite outcrops, in woodland or grassland, among rocks and in sandy soil; 1150–1480 m.
Note
  L. petitiana A. Rich. (from Ethiopia) also with small leaves, has lanceolate or elliptic-lanceolate leaves which are obtuse at the apex (more acute in L. moldenkei ) with fewer teeth on each margin.  The petioles are up to 6 mm long in L. petitiana and 11 mm in L. moldenkei where they are longer relative to the lamina. This species may be distinguished from L. rugosa mainly by the shorter, relatively broader leaves (1–1.5 times longer than broad in L. moldenkei and usually 2–2.5 times longer than broad in L. rugosa ), usually obtuse at the apex, and with 3–8(10) teeth on each side in L. moldenkei and 9–14(18–21) in L. rugosaL. moldenkei has relatively longer petioles, and shorter peduncles and has fruiting spike axes up to 8(13) mm long, whereas the axes are 13–30 mm long in L. rugosa .
Distribution
District code: ZIM N, ZIM W, ZIM C, ZIM E. Zimbabwe
Morphology General Habit
A much branched straggling shrub 0.6–1.6 m tall.
Morphology Stem
Stems with a slightly fissured pale bark, glabrous; branchlets slender, brownish, with internodes 0.3–2.5(4) cm long and leaf scars somewhat raised, ± softly strigose and more densely so toward the apices, the indumentum of whitish ± tubercle-based curved-appressed antrorse hairs, with sessile glands intermixed. Stems with a slightly fissured pale bark, glabrous; branchlets slender, brownish, with internodes 0.3–2.5(4) cm long and leaf scars somewhat raised, ± softly strigose and more densely so toward the apices, the indumentum of whitish ± tubercle-based curved-appressed antrorse hairs, with sessile glands intermixed
Morphology Leaves
Leaves usually opposite, rarely 3-whorled, petiolate; (0.6)1.2–2.2(2.8) × (0.5)1–1.5(1.8–2) cm, ovate, broadly ovate to subrhombic, somewhat subcircular in the smallest leaves, ± acute to rounded at the apex, rounded or subtruncate at the base with a narrow central portion cuneate-attenuate into the petiole, closely crenate or crenulate on the margins with 3–4 shallow teeth on each side in small leaves and 8–9(10) in the larger leaves, membranous to somewhat coriaceous, ± discolorous and drying dark brownish-green above and pale green to greyish-green beneath, shortly hispidulous to strigose with whitish tubercle-based hairs on the upper surface, becoming ± scabridulous with the tubercle-bases persisting in older leaves, ± tomentose beneath with whitish bristle-like hairs ± obscuring the surface, with minute sessile reddish glands between the hairs on both surfaces, rugose with impressed venation above, ± strongly raised-reticulate beneath; petiole 3–11 mm long. Leaves usually opposite, rarely 3-whorled, petiolate; (0.6)1.2–2.2(2.8) × (0.5)1–1.5(1.8–2) cm, ovate, broadly ovate to subrhombic, somewhat subcircular in the smallest leaves, ± acute to rounded at the apex, rounded or subtruncate at the base with a narrow central portion cuneate-attenuate into the petiole, closely crenate or crenulate on the margins with 3–4 shallow teeth on each side in small leaves and 8–9(10) in the larger leaves, membranous to somewhat coriaceous, ± discolorous and drying dark brownish-green above and pale green to greyish-green beneath, shortly hispidulous to strigose with whitish tubercle-based hairs on the upper surface, becoming ± scabridulous with the tubercle-bases persisting in older leaves, ± tomentose beneath with whitish bristle-like hairs ± obscuring the surface, with minute sessile reddish glands between the hairs on both surfaces, rugose with impressed venation above, ± strongly raised-reticulate beneath; petiole 3–11 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncles solitary in leaf axils, ascending-erect to ± spreading, 10–28 mm long and filiform at anthesis, shorter than to longer than the subtending leaf, increasing to 35(45) mm long in fruit. Peduncles solitary in leaf axils, ascending-erect to ± spreading, 10–28 mm long and filiform at anthesis, shorter than to longer than the subtending leaf, increasing to 35(45) mm long in fruit
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowering spikes up to 1 × 0.7 cm, subspherical, elongating slightly in fruit with drupes spaced along the axis; lower bracts of flowering spikes green, membranous, 4.5–7 × 2.5–4 mm, broadly elliptical or oblong-elliptical, shortly acuminate, sometimes leaf-like with prominent nerves and 1–2 teeth toward the apex, appressed pilose on both surfaces but more densely so and with sessile glands on the outer surface; upper bracts successively smaller; spike-axes up to 13 mm long, with scattered scars. Flowering spikes up to 1 × 0.7 cm, subspherical, elongating slightly in fruit with drupes spaced along the axis; lower bracts of flowering spikes green, membranous, 4.5–7 × 2.5–4 mm, broadly elliptical or oblong-elliptical, shortly acuminate, sometimes leaf-like with prominent nerves and 1–2 teeth toward the apex, appressed pilose on both surfaces but more densely so and with sessile glands on the outer surface; upper bracts successively smaller; spike-axes up to 13 mm long, with scattered scars
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx thinly membranous. Calyx thinly membranous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corollas exceeding the bracts, usually mauve, pink, lavender or pale violet, sometimes nearly white; tube 5–7.5 mm long, ± swollen about the middle, densely shortly puberulous;lower lip 4.5–5 mm broad, 3-lobed, the lobes rounded, the median the largest; upper-lip 2.75–3.25 mm broad. Corollas exceeding the bracts, usually mauve, pink, lavender or pale violet, sometimes nearly white; tube 5–7.5 mm long, ± swollen about the middle, densely shortly puberulous; lower lip 4.5–5 mm broad, 3-lobed, the lobes rounded, the median the largest; upper-lip 2.75–3.25 mm broad
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers 0.3–0.5 mm long, ovate. Anthers 0.3–0.5 mm long, ovate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Drupes 2–3 × 3–3.75 mm, broader than long, subrhombic in outline. Drupes 2–3 × 3–3.75 mm, broader than long, subrhombic in outline.

Native to:

Zimbabwe

Lantana moldenkei R.Fern. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bol. Soc. Brot., sér. 2.A, 61: 147 (1988)

Accepted by

  • Fernandes, R. & Diniz, M.A. (2005). Avicenniaceae, Nesogenaceae, Verbenaceae and Lamiaceae (subfams, Viticoideae and Ajugoideae) Flora Zambesiaca 8(7): 1-161. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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