Plectranthus gracilis Suess.

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Plectranthus gracilis

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Rocky slopes on left of entry road, Cleveland Dam, Harare.

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Synonyms: Plectranthus seyanii A.J. Paton & Brummitt
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Status: Native
Aromatic, sticky glandular, annual herb, up to 1m tall, erect or somewhat scrambling. Leaves more or less broadly ovate, 15-70 mm long, more or less sparsely glandular pubescent; margin crenate-dentate; petiole 5-20mm long. Inflorescence lax with 2-10-flowered verticels on wiry pedicels up to 20 mm long. Corolla blue to deep purple, rarely white with blue markings, 9-14mm long; lower and upper lip more or less equal size; lower lip boat-shaped, enclosing the stamens.
Derivation of specific name: gracilis: graceful, slender
Habitat: On granite outcrops in woodland, along forest margins and in clearings.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1800 m
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,S
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 188.

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 56.

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 218 - 220.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Plectranthus gracilis
African Plant Database: Plectranthus gracilis
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Plectranthus gracilis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Plectranthus gracilis
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Plectranthus gracilis., retrieved 15 August 2020

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