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

Photo: Bart Wursten
Below dam wall, Cleveland Dam

Ocimum obovatum subsp. obovatum var. obovatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

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Synonyms: Becium obovatum (E. Mey. ex Benth.) N.E. Br.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
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.
Derivation of specific name: obovatum: with obovate leaves
Habitat: In open and wooded grassland. A typical pyrophyte, flowering soon after the grass has been burnt.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 1900 m
Flowering time:Sep - Jan
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
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Images last updated: Tuesday 29 September 2015

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

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 130 - 132.

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.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ocimum obovatum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ocimum obovatum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Ocimum obovatum
Tropicos: Ocimum obovatum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ocimum obovatum subsp. obovatum var. obovatum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=150390, retrieved 24 March 2018

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