Karomia speciosa (Hutch. & Corbishley) R. Fern.

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Karomia speciosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle

Karomia speciosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle

Karomia speciosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle

Karomia speciosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle

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Synonyms: Holmskioldia speciosa Hutch. & Corbishley
Common names:
Description: Deciduous shrub or small tree to 6 m. Branches usually unarmed but may bear spiny branchlets. Leaves opposite, broadly ovate to subtriangular, up to 5 × 4 cm (smaller than tettensis), softly hairy on both surfaces with minute sessile glands beneath; coarsely serrate-dentate to lobed. Flowers in 1-3-flowered axillary cymes. Calyx mauve or pale green suffused with purple, 11-20 mm in diameter; limb shallowly 5-lobed. Corolla blue, violet, purple to mauve, lilac or white; labellum of the lower lip 2-lobed, not laciniate. Anthers up to 4 cm long, densely covered in gland-tipped hairs near the base. Fruit c. 7 mm long, obconical, flat on the top with 4 horn-like appendages arranged in the shape of a cross the appendages without crests.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: speciosa: showy, good-looking
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique (Maputo province), Swaziland and South Africa; cultivated in gardens elsewhere
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Literature:

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 176 - 177. (Includes a picture).

Fernandes, R. (2005). Lamiaceae (subfamilies: Viticoideae and Ajugoideae) Flora Zambesiaca 8(7) Pages 151 - 152.

Other sources of information about Karomia speciosa:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Karomia speciosa
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Karomia speciosa

External websites:

Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Karomia speciosa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Karomia speciosa
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Karomia speciosa
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Karomia speciosa
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Karomia speciosa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Karomia speciosa
Ispot Southern Africa : Karomia speciosa
JSTOR Plant Science: Karomia speciosa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Karomia speciosa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Karomia speciosa
Tropicos: Karomia speciosa
West African Plants database: Karomia speciosa


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Karomia speciosa.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=169660, retrieved 28 September 2016

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