Coleus lanuginosus Hochst. ex Benth.

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Coleus lanuginosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr summit of Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

Coleus lanuginosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr summit of Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

Coleus lanuginosus

Photo: Neil Crouch
Base camp to hut; Chimanimani N.P.

Coleus lanuginosus

Photo: Neil Crouch
Base camp to hut; Chimanimani N.P.

Coleus lanuginosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castle Beacon, Vumba

Coleus lanuginosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castle Beacon, Vumba

Coleus lanuginosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castle Beacon, Vumba

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Synonyms: Coleus helenae Buscal. & Muschl.
Coleus maculatus Gürke
Coleus maranguensis Gürke
Plectranthus lanuginosus (Hochst.) Agnew
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Apparently introduced
Description:
Somewhat fleshy, aromatic perennial herb 30-100 cm high, rarely taller when scrambling and supported. Stems quadrangular, often purplish, prostrate or scrambling, set with purplish, spreading hairs and glands. Leaves fleshy, spreading, triangular-ovate, 15-75 mm long, with numerous sessile glands beneath; margin coarsely crenate-serrate, weakly rolled under, sometimes purplish; petiole 10-30 mm long. Inflorescence lax usually purplish, with 6-12-flowered whorls up to 30 mm apart; pedicels 3-6 mm long. Calyx 3-4 mm long with purple hairs and red sessile glands. Corolla pale blue to mauve, often with dark purple markings, 8-16 mm long; lobes with purplish hairs and red sessile glands. lower lip boat-shaped, 6-12 mm long, longer than upper lip.
Notes: This species is native in East Africa and apparently has been introduced in Eastern Zimbabwe. It is however not common or weedy and regularly found in otherwise little undisturbed natural environments.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Amongst rocks at high altitudes.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya and northern Tanzania. Introduced in eastern Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 4 August 2019
Literature:

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 lanuginosus

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 278 - 279. as Plectranthus lanuginosus

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


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Coleus lanuginosus
African Plant Database: Coleus lanuginosus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Coleus lanuginosus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Coleus lanuginosus
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Coleus lanuginosus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Coleus lanuginosus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Coleus lanuginosus
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Coleus lanuginosus
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Coleus lanuginosus
JSTOR Plant Science: Coleus lanuginosus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Coleus lanuginosus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Coleus lanuginosus
Plants of the World Online: Coleus lanuginosus
Tropicos: Coleus lanuginosus
Wikipedia: Coleus lanuginosus


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Coleus lanuginosus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=149900, retrieved 26 September 2022

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