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This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya (Ngong Hills).
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, Masai District: Magadi road, Olenyamu, Glover & Samuel 2917 (EA, holo., K!, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Aromatic woody herb or shrub to 1.5 m tall
Morphology Stem
Stems erect, quadrangular, much branched, woody, pubescent with retrorse and patent hairs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sometimes with fascicles of young leaves or young shoots in axils; blade darker above, broadly ovate to triangular, 1–2 × 1–2.4 cm, serrate or crenate, apex acute or obtuse, base truncate or cuneate, pubescent above, densely pubescent to tomentose beneath; petiole 5–25 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence lax, verticils 1–1.5 cm distant; bracts erect above forming a small inconspicuous coma, deciduous below, broadly ovate, 2 × 2 mm, entire, cuspidate; pedicels spreading to ascending, terete, 3–4 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx horizontal, with posterior lip purplish, 2–3 mm long in flower, uniformly pubescent; posterior lip rounded; lateral teeth of anterior lip deltate, cuspidate, median teeth subulate; fruiting calyx 7–8 mm long, becoming glabrous, throat open; posterior lip accrescent, rounded or minutely mucronate at tip, decurrent; lateral lobes of anterior lip with a small subulate tooth and becoming apparently more rounded or truncate, the posterior margin being extended under the posterior lip, median teeth longer, subulate, curved upwards; interior of tube glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla whitish or pale pink, 8–10 mm long; tube straight, parallel-sided, 2–3 times the length of the calyx tube
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens exserted 2–3 mm, the posterior ciliate, inappendiculate but with cilia aggregated, forming a clump on one side near base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets brown, ovoid, 2 × 1 mm, not producing mucilage when wet.
Ecology
Acacia-Commiphora bushland and Acacia drepanolobium scrub, among boulders on lava slopes and river gorges; 1350–1650 m
Conservation
Restricted in distribution, possibly threatened.
Distribution
Flora districts: Known only from the western side of the Ngong Hills Flora districts: K6

Native to:

Kenya

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Sep 27, 1990 Mathew, B. [6165], Kenya K000434800
Glover, P.E. [2917], Kenya K000347055 holotype
Greenway, P.J. [13565], Kenya K000434798
Bally, P.R.O. [5739], Kenya K000434799

First published in Kew Bull. 47: 431 (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

  • K.B. 47: 431 (1992)
  • U.K.W.F. ed. 2: 296 (1994).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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/
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