Plectranthus sessilifolius A.J. Paton

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Plectranthus sessilifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Rukotso, near summit

Plectranthus sessilifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Silver Mist cottage, near Troutbeck

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Synonyms: Plectranthus sp. no. 1
Common names:
Frequency: Locally fairly frequent
Status: Native
Perennial aromatic herb up to 60 cm high with several stems growing from a tuberous woody rootstock. Leaves opposite sessile, broadly elliptic, 3.5-7 cm long, clasping the stem at the base; margin crenate. Inflorescence terminal and in the upper leaf axils, together forming a large panicle. Flowers white, pubescent and with red sessile glands.
Notes: This is a recently described and clearly distinct species, occurring in rocky places of montane grassland in the Eastern Highlands. It is easily recognised by the broadly ovate, sessile leaves and the branched inflorescences of white flowers.
Derivation of specific name: sessilifolius: with sessile leaves.
Habitat: In montane grassland
Altitude range: (metres) 1600 - 2500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Restricted to the border mountains of Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Images last updated: Wednesday 22 July 2015

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 44. As Plectranthus sp

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 280 - 281. Protologue (Includes a picture).

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

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Plectranthus sessilifolius., retrieved 9 July 2020

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