Plectranthus esculentus N.E. Br.

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Plectranthus esculentus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere Lane, Umwinsidale

Plectranthus esculentus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere Lane, Umwinsidale

Plectranthus esculentus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere Lane, Umwinsidale

Plectranthus esculentus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

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Synonyms: Coleus esculentus (N.E. Br.) G. Taylor
Plectranthus floribundus N.E. Br.
Common names: Livingstone potato (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial herb or suffrutex with long arching, woody, sparsely branched stems. Leaves subsessile, oblong-elliptic to oblanceolate, thick-textured with brown gland-dots on the under surface; margin obscurely toothed. Inflorescences erect along the stems, flowering before any leaves appear. Flowers bright yellow. The tuberous roots are edible.
Notes: Note that the plant in image no. 4 was found in a more unusual habitat of rocky submontane grassland.
Derivation of specific name: esculentus: edible
Habitat: In rocky areas in woodland.
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Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Images last updated: Friday 27 January 2006

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 188.

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 240 - 241.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 79.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 113. as Plectranthus esculentus longipes


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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: Plectranthus esculentus., retrieved 26 October 2016

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