Micromeria imbricata (Forssk.) C. Chr.
var. imbricata

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Micromeria imbricata var. imbricata

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Cecil Kop Nature Reserve, Mutare

Micromeria imbricata var. imbricata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cecil Kop Nature Reserve, Mutare

Micromeria imbricata var. imbricata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba road near Vumba Heights.

Micromeria imbricata var. imbricata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Engwa, Himalayas

Micromeria imbricata var. imbricata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyanga National Park near main road boundary

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Synonyms: Micromeria biflora sensu Baker
Micromeria punctata Benth.
Micromeria purtschelleri Gürke
Satureja biflora (Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don) Briq.
Satureja punctata (Benth.) Briq.
Thymus imbricatus Forssk.
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Erect, ascending or sometimes decumbent, shrubby, aromatic perennial herb, up to c. 1 m tall. Stems woody near the base, hairy. Leaves opposite, ovate to almost circular, 6-12 mm long, somewhat stiffly leathery, papillose to hairy above, often with sessile glands on the veins beneath; margin almost entire; petiole less than 3 mm long. Flowers in 3-20-flowered, axillary clusters, concentrated towards the end of the stems. Calyx tubular, prominently 13-veined, 2.3–4.5 mm long in fruit. Corolla 4-9 mm long, mauve or violet, sometimes white, 2-lipped; upper lip emarginate, lower lip 3 lobed, flat with broad, somewhat emarginate central lobe.
Notes: See var. rhodesiaca for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: imbricata: overlapping like tiles or imbricate.
Habitat: A species of open woodland, grassland and scrub.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 2400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread from the Arabian Peninsula to South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Thursday 17 May 2012

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 148 - 149. as Satureja punctata (Includes a picture).

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 360 - 361. as Satureja biflora (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. as Satureja imbricata

Paton, A.J. et al. (2009). Lamiaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 117 - 118. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 71. as Satureja punctata

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 114. as Satureja imbricata


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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: Species information: Micromeria imbricata var. imbricata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=149480, retrieved 26 May 2016

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