Salvia nilotica Juss. ex Jacq.

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Salvia nilotica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Silver Mist cottage, near Troutbeck

Salvia nilotica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Silver Mist cottage, near Troutbeck

Salvia nilotica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Silver Mist cottage, near Troutbeck

Salvia nilotica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Silver Mist cottage, near Troutbeck

Salvia nilotica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Silver Mist cottage, near Troutbeck

Salvia nilotica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Silver Mist cottage, near Troutbeck

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Synonyms: Salvia abyssinica Jacq.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Strongly aromatic perennial herb up to 1.2 m tall. Leaves opposite along the stems and branches and also in a basal rosette; lower leaves petiolate and often irregularly lobed, elliptic to obovate, 5-16 cm long, with sessile glands and hairy on both surfaces, more densely so on the veins beneath; upper leaves sessile, smaller and often not or hardly lobed. Flowers in up to 15 6-8-flowered verticels, distant below but becoming closer together above. Calyx often brownish or purplish, 6-10 mm long, strongly ribbed, hairy and glandular. Corolla bluish, purplish, pink or white, 8-12 mm long.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: nilotica: from the valley of the Nile
Habitat: In montane grassland, along margins of forest including pine plantations and along streams and rivers.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 2400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 23 July 2015
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 191. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 57.

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 88 - 89. (Includes a picture).


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Flora of Malawi: Salvia nilotica
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Salvia nilotica
African Plant Database: Salvia nilotica
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Salvia nilotica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Salvia nilotica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Salvia nilotica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Salvia nilotica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Salvia nilotica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Salvia nilotica
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Salvia nilotica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Salvia nilotica
Ispot Southern Africa: Salvia nilotica
JSTOR Plant Science: Salvia nilotica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Salvia nilotica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Salvia nilotica
The Plant List (version 1.1): Salvia nilotica
Tropicos: Salvia nilotica


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: Salvia nilotica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=149450, retrieved 11 December 2017

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