Erect sparsely branched herb, up to c. 1 m tall. Stems ribbed hairy. Leaves opposite, elliptic-oblong to ovate, up to c. 11 cm, hairy on both surfaces; margin crenate-serrate except near the base. Calyx deflexed, swollen at the base, 8?-toothed. Flowers in 1-4 spaced, subterminal many flowered spherical heads. Corolla up to 7 mm long, 2-lipped; upper lip transparent; lower lip white, notched. Anthers orange.
This species is probably rare and very local in Zimbabwe. Only one specimen was found at SRGH (Wild, Exell & Mendonça 189, 4 Feb 1955, Banti Forest). The specimen in the photographs (Ballings & Wursten 888, BR) was found only a few km from the border with Zimbabwe.
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.(2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Leucas deflexa var. deflexa. http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=149270, retrieved 28 March 2017