Plectranthus swynnertonii S. Moore

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Plectranthus swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Plectranthus swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Plectranthus swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forest below Castleburn Cliffs and Bunga Views

Plectranthus swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along track to Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

Plectranthus swynnertonii

Photo: Neil Crouch
Gully beside hut, chimanimani N.P.

Plectranthus swynnertonii

Photo: Neil Crouch
Gully beside hut, chimanimani N.P.

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Common names: Swynnerton's spur flower (English)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Soft, scrambling or shrub-like perennial herb. Stems 4-angled with a line of purple hairs at the nodes. Leaves broadly ovate, upper surface dark green with short bristly hairs, veining conspicuously sunken; under surface paler grey-green with purple hairs along the veins; margin very irregularly lacerated, as if torn. Inflorescences, branched at the ends of branches. Flowers white with pink or mauve markings in the upper lip.
Derivation of specific name: swynnertonii: named after Charles Francis Massey Swynnerton (1877-1938), well-known naturalist, who first recorded and collected many species of flora and fauna in and around the Chirinda Forest
Habitat: In the understorey and along the margins of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 1720 m
Flowering time:Nov - May
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Wednesday 1 February 2006

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Page 202.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 113 - 114.


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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 swynnertonii., retrieved 24 October 2016

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