Salvia nilotica Juss. ex Jacq.

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Salvia nilotica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Silver Mist cottage, near Troutbeck

Salvia nilotica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Silver Mist cottage, near Troutbeck

Salvia nilotica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Silver Mist cottage, near Troutbeck

Salvia nilotica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Silver Mist cottage, near Troutbeck

Salvia nilotica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Silver Mist cottage, near Troutbeck

Salvia nilotica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Silver Mist cottage, near Troutbeck

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Synonyms: Salvia abyssinica Jacq.
Common names:
Description: Strongly aromatic perennial herb up to 1.2 m tall. Leaves opposite along the stems and branches and also in a basal rosette; lower leaves petiolate and often irregularly lobed, elliptic to obovate, 5-16 cm long, with sessile glands and hairy on both surfaces, more densely so on the veins beneath; upper leaves sessile, smaller and often not or hardly lobed. Flowers in up to 15 6-8-flowered verticels, distant below but becoming closer together above. Calyx often brownish or purplish, 6-10 mm long, strongly ribbed, hairy and glandular. Corolla bluish, purplish, pink or white, 8-12 mm long.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: nilotica: from the valley of the Nile
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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Image last updated: Thursday 23 July 2015
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 191. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 57.

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 88 - 89. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Salvia nilotica
Flora of Mozambique: Salvia nilotica
Flora of Zambia: Salvia nilotica
Flora of Zimbabwe: Salvia nilotica

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Salvia nilotica
African Plant Database: Salvia nilotica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Salvia nilotica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Salvia nilotica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Salvia nilotica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Salvia nilotica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Salvia nilotica
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Salvia nilotica
iNaturalist: Salvia nilotica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Salvia nilotica
JSTOR Plant Science: Salvia nilotica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Salvia nilotica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Salvia nilotica
Plants of the World Online: Salvia nilotica
The Plant List (version 1.1): Salvia nilotica
Tropicos: Salvia nilotica
Wikipedia: Salvia nilotica


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Salvia nilotica.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=149450, retrieved 12 November 2019

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