Ocimum centraliafricanum R.E. Fr.

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Synonyms: Becium centraliafricanum (R.E. Fr.) Sebald
Becium homblei (De Wild.) P.A. Duvign. & Plancke
Common names: Copper plant (English)
Status: Native
Perennial herb, suffrutex or small shrub to 60 cm. Leaves narrowly obovate, glabrous or sparsely hairy, weakly serrate especially near apex. Calyx densely white-tomentose. Corolla almost white to mauve or purple.
Notes: Frequent on the Gt Dyke where it favours copper and nickel-rich soils and from which derives its English name.. However, it also occurs locally in the C Division (Domboshawa and near Ngomakurira) and in the E division (Nyanga area) where it appears to occur on granite.
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Habitat: Grassland and woodland
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Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
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Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 120 - 128. (Includes a picture).


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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: Ocimum centraliafricanum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=150330, retrieved 23 October 2016

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