Ocimum obovatum Benth.
subsp. obovatum
var. obovatum

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Ocimum obovatum subsp. obovatum var. obovatum

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Orkney Rd, Vumba

Ocimum obovatum subsp. obovatum var. obovatum

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Below dam wall, Cleveland Dam

Ocimum obovatum subsp. obovatum var. obovatum

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Haka Game Park

Ocimum obovatum subsp. obovatum var. obovatum

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Hawkshead Drive Extension, Harare

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Synonyms: Becium obovatum (E. Mey. ex Benth.) N.E. Br.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb with annual flowering stems growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves very varied in shape from linear-elliptic to broadly ovate. Inflorescence mostly terminal, sometimes with 1-3 spaced verticils lower along the stem. Corolla white to pale mauve with violet lines on the upper lip. Stamens long exserted.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: obovatum: with obovate leaves
Habitat: In open and wooded grassland. Often as a pyrophyte, flowering soon after the grass has been burnt.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2200 m
Flowering time:Sep - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 7 February 2019
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 144 - 145. as Becium grandiflorum var. obovatum (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 187.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 8. As Becium obovatum obovatum obovatum

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6. As Becium obovatum obovatum obovatum

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 77. As Becium obovatum

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 346 - 347. As Becium grandiflorum obovatum (Includes a picture).

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1967). The influence of copper content of the soil on trees and shrubs of Molly South Hill, Mangula Kirkia 6(1) Pages 63 - 84. As Becium obovatum

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 130 - 132.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 70.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 188 - 189. As Becium obovatum (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 111 - 112.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 64 - 65. As Becium obovatum obovatum (Includes a picture).


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Flora of Malawi: Ocimum obovatum subsp. obovatum var. obovatum
Flora of Mozambique: Ocimum obovatum subsp. obovatum var. obovatum
Flora of Zambia: Ocimum obovatum subsp. obovatum var. obovatum

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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: Ocimum obovatum subsp. obovatum var. obovatum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=150390, retrieved 9 July 2020

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