Equilabium gracile (Suess.) Mwany. & A.J.Paton

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Equilabium gracile

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

Equilabium gracile

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Plateau above Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Equilabium gracile

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Plateau above Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Equilabium gracile

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Plateau above Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Equilabium gracile

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Equilabium gracile

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Equilabium gracile

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Chironde Camp, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

Equilabium gracile

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Chironde Camp, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

Equilabium gracile

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Chironde Camp, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

Equilabium gracile

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Plateau above Khodzue Gorge

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Synonyms: Plectranthus gracilis Suess.
Plectranthus seyanii A.J. Paton & Brummitt
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
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.
Notes:
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
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,S
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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 188. as Plectranthus gracilis

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. as Plectranthus gracilis

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

Paton, A.J., Mwanyambo, M., Govaerts, R.H.A., Smitha, K., Suddee, S., Phillipson, P.B., Wilson, T.C., Forster, P.I., Culham, A. (2019). Nomenclatural changes in Coleus and Plectranthus (Lamiaceae): a tale of more than two genera Phytokeys 129 Page 116.


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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Equilabium gracile.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=149840, retrieved 6 December 2020

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