Plectranthus shirensis (Gürke) A.J. Paton

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Plectranthus shirensis

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Plectranthus shirensis

Photo: Mark Hyde

Plectranthus shirensis

Photo: Mark Hyde

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Synonyms: Coleus punctatus Baker
Coleus shirensis Gürke
Solenostemon shirensis (Gürke) Codd
Solenostemon zambesiacus Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Herbaceous, aromatic, perennial shrub, up to c. 3.5m tall. Stema slightly succulent, 4-angled, often marked purple, hairy and glandular. Leaves triangular-ovate, 3-14 cm, sparsely to densely pubescent and with red sessile glands; margin crenate to serrate, sometimes weakly rolled under; periole 10-90 mm long. Inflorescences lax with 15-30-flowered verticils, 5 to 10 mm apart. Flowers blue to purplish, 10-22 mm long, pubescent on the lobes and with red sessile glands.
Derivation of specific name: shirensis: of the Shire area in southern Malawi
Habitat: In wet areas, clearings and along streamsides in woodland and forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 2100 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 154 - 155. (Includes a picture).

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. (Includes a picture).

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 272 - 273.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 115. as Solenostemon shirensis

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Flora of Malawi: Plectranthus shirensis
Flora of Mozambique: Plectranthus shirensis
Flora of Zambia: Plectranthus shirensis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Plectranthus shirensis
African Plant Database: Plectranthus shirensis
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Plectranthus shirensis
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Plectranthus shirensis
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Plectranthus shirensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Plectranthus shirensis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Plectranthus shirensis
Tropicos: Plectranthus shirensis

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: Species information: Plectranthus shirensis., retrieved 18 July 2019

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