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This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to N. Tanzania.
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: Kenya, Fort Hall District: Thika, Bogdan 4602 (K!, holo. EA, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Aromatic, annual or perennial herb, 10–30 cm tall
Morphology Stem
Stems erect or ascending, rounded-quadrangular, usually much branched, woody at base; indumentum of sparse spreading hairs, with few sessile glands
Morphology Leaves
Leaves shortly petiolate or subsessile, usually ascending; blade narrowly ovate to ovate or elliptical, 1–2.8 × 0.4–1.5 cm, serrate or subentire, apex obtuse or rounded, base cuneate, pilose on veins beneath or glabrous, glandular-punctate; petiole to 3 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence lax, verticils 8–10 mm apart; bracts small, deciduous, elliptical, 2 × 1 mm, pilose or glabrous; pedicels 2–3 mm long, ± erect, curved, slightly flattened
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx ± downward-pointing, 2–3 mm long at anthesis, pilose or subglabrous, interior with a dense ring of hairs at throat; posterior lip rounded at tip, decurrent, median teeth of anterior lip lanceolate, acuminate, lateral lobes ± deltate, cuspidiate; fruiting calyx 3–4 mm long, throat open, posterior lip accrescent, rounded and wider at tip, decurrent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white or purple, 5–6 mm long; tube straight, funnel-shaped, scarcely exceeding calyx
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens exceeding corolla by 2–3 mm, posterior with a fleshy, ± flattened, glabrous or subglabrous, outgrowth near base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets black, ovoid, ± 1 mm long, minutely tuberculate, mucilaginous when wet
Figures
Fig 24: 4, p 145
Ecology
Wet places, seasonally waterlogged grassland; 1050–2300 m
Conservation
Least concern
Distribution
Range: Not known elsewhere Flora districts: K3 K4 K6 T2

Native to:

Kenya, Tanzania

Ocimum kenyense Ayob. ex A.J.Paton appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Nov 1, 1990 Irwin, P.H. [212], Kenya K000434840
Nov 1, 1990 Tweedie [3926], Kenya K000434838
Oct 1, 1990 Tweedie [3273], Kenya K000434839
Oct 1, 1990 Kenya K000434841
Oct 1, 1990 Haarer, A. [1053], Tanzania K000434853
Oct 1, 1990 Bogdan, A. [AB4428], Kenya K000434850
Oct 1, 1990 Mwangi, T.W. [7], Kenya K000434849
Oct 1, 1990 Mwangangi, O.M. [300], Kenya K000434848
Oct 1, 1990 Mwangangi [1879], Kenya K000434845
Oct 1, 1990 Fries, R.E. [376], Kenya K000434844
Oct 1, 1990 Kassner, T. [981], Kenya K000434843
Oct 1, 1990 Mearns, E.A. [947], Kenya K000434842
Oct 1, 1990 Greenway [6948], Tanzania K000434852
Oct 1, 1990 Napier, E.R. [354], Kenya K000434851
Bogdan, A. [4602], Kenya K000347059 Unknown type material
Githinji, C. [186], Kenya K000434847

First published in Kew Bull. 47: 422 (1992)

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

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Holm & Hiltunen, Ocimum: 24 (1999).
  • K.B. 47: 422, fig. 3D (1992)
  • U.K.W.F. ed. 2: 296 (1994)

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