Pechuel-Loeschea leubnitziae (Kuntze) O.Hoffm.

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Pechuel-Loeschea leubnitziae

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Pechuel-Loeschea leubnitziae

Photo: Christian Bravard

Pechuel-Loeschea leubnitziae

Photo: Christian Bravard

Pechuel-Loeschea leubnitziae

Photo: Christian Bravard

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Synonyms: Piptocarpha leubnitziae Kuntze
Pluchea leubnitziae (Kuntze) N.E. Br.
Common names: Sweat bush (English) Wild sage (English)
Status: Native
Strongly aromatic shrubby perennial herb, up to 1.3 m tall. Most parts densely grey-velvety and with short glandular hairs. Leaves alternate, (sub)sessile, narrowly obovate-elliptic, up to c. 4.5 × 0.7 cm, grey-velvety on both surfaces, midrib prominent on both surfaces; margin entire. Capitula terminal or 1-3 in the leaf axils, more or less funnel-shaped, up to 1.3 cm long. Involucral scales greyish glandular hairy. Florets purple; ray florets absent.
Derivation of specific name: leubnitziae: after Leubnitzia, the maiden name of Pechuel-Loesche's wife
Habitat: Occurring in alkaline and sandy soils in dry wooded grassland or open woodland, often abundant along roadsides and disturbed areas.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Mar - Jul
Worldwide distribution: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: W,S
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Images last updated: Monday 26 July 2010

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 34. (Includes a picture).

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 44 - 46. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 36.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 200.


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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Pechuel-Loeschea leubnitziae., retrieved 23 October 2016

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