Ocimum obovatum Benth.
subsp. obovatum
var. obovatum

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Ocimum obovatum subsp. obovatum var. obovatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Orkney Rd, Vumba

Ocimum obovatum subsp. obovatum var. obovatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Below dam wall, Cleveland Dam

Ocimum obovatum subsp. obovatum var. obovatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

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Synonyms: Becium obovatum (E. Mey. ex Benth.) N.E. Br.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial herb with annual flowering stems growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves very varied in shape from linear-elliptic to broadly ovate. Inflorescence mostly terminal, sometimes with 1-3 spaced verticils lower along the stem. Corolla white to pale mauve with violet lines on the upper lip. Stamens long exserted.
Derivation of specific name: obovatum: with obovate leaves
Habitat: In open and wooded grassland. A typical pyrophyte, flowering soon after the grass has been burnt.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 1900 m
Flowering time:Sep - Jan
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 29 September 2015

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 144 - 145. as Becium grandiflorum var. obovatum (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 187.

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 130 - 132.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 111 - 112.


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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: Ocimum obovatum subsp. obovatum var. obovatum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=150390, retrieved 28 March 2017

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