Syncolostemon ornatus (S. Moore) D.F. Otieno

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Syncolostemon ornatus

Photo: Douglas van de Ruit
On the ridge between Green Mount and Oralskrantz, south of Chimanimani village

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Synonyms: Hemizygia ornata S. Moore
Orthosiphon ornatus (S.Moore) R.D. Good
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Status: Native
Aromatic suffrutex to 30 cm; stems solitary or in clumps. Leaves sessile or subsessile; lamina elliptic or ovate, up to 3.5 times as long as broad. Inflorescence lax; verticils 4-6-flowered; bracts bright pink, 14-38 × 6-15 mm, elliptic, erect, forming an apical coma. Corolla white, 10-13 mm long. Anterior stamen filaments with scattered hairs. Nutlets brown,3-4 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: ornatus: adorned, ornate, perhaps referring to the very prominent pink bracts.
Habitat: Short grassland on hilltops, stony or marshy ground.
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Worldwide distribution: Endemic to the Chimanimani Mountains and only known from the Zimbabwe side.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status: Endemic
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Images last updated: Friday 5 February 2021

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 140 - 141.

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

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Syncolostemon ornatus
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Syncolostemon ornatus., retrieved 20 June 2024

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