Plectranthus thyrsoideus (Baker) B. Mathew

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Plectranthus thyrsoideus

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Red Wall Cave, Chimanimani N.P.

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Synonyms: Coleus thyrsoideus Baker ex Hook. f.
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Description: Shrubby perennial herb, up to 90 cm tall. Stems petioles and inflorescence sparsely covered with spreading hairs. Leaves opposite, lowermost largest, up to 17 × 10 cm, ovate-cordate, bright green above, paler beneath with veins prominent, pubescent; lamina decurrent into the c. 2 cm long petiole; margin coarsely toothed. Leaves gradually smaller towards the top of the branches. Inflorescences terminal on the branches, up to 25 cm long, shortly branched, each branch with dense 10-15 flowered dichotomous cymes. Calyx small, with spreading stellate hairs; dorsal sepal linear-oblong, twice as long as other sepals. Corolla 2-lipped, bright blue, 1.2-1.5 cm long. Upper lip reflexed, broadly obovate, with 4 short rounded lobes; lower lip distinctly longer, saccate, laterally compressed, pointed at the apex.
Notes: The intense blue flower colour and tall, densely flowered inflorescences make this a well-known and popular garden plant
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Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia?, Zimbabwe.
Growth form(s): Perennial.
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Image last updated: Monday 5 September 2011
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 189.

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Page 258.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 93.

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Flora of Malawi: Plectranthus thyrsoideus
Flora of Mozambique: Plectranthus thyrsoideus
Flora of Zambia: Plectranthus thyrsoideus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Plectranthus thyrsoideus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Plectranthus thyrsoideus
African Plant Database: Plectranthus thyrsoideus
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Plectranthus thyrsoideus
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Plectranthus thyrsoideus
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Plectranthus thyrsoideus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Plectranthus thyrsoideus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Plectranthus thyrsoideus
Tropicos: Plectranthus thyrsoideus


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: Plectranthus thyrsoideus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=150020, retrieved 23 May 2019

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