7364.000 Basilicum Moench

Leistner, O.A. (ed.) (2000) Seed plants of southern Africa: families and genera Strelitzia 10

Description of the genus

Annual herbs, erect, aromatic. Leaves membranous, entire to dentate. Inflorescences terminal on slender main and lateral branches, spike-like; flowers shortly pedicellate, usually in 2-6 flowered verticils; bracts much smaller than leaves, persistent. Calyx bilabiate, accrescent; tube campanulate, 5-toothed, upper tooth the largest. Corolla small, tube short, upper lip short and broad, 4-lobed lower lip oblong, nearly flat, entire. Fruit nutlets, smooth, pale brown.

Worldwide: 7 species in the Old World tropics

Zambia: 1 taxon.

Basilicum polystachyon

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
polystachyon (L.) MoenchN,C,E,SN,Mc,E,Lk,SDescription, Image

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Flora of Malawi: Basilicum
Flora of Mozambique: Basilicum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Basilicum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Basilicum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Basilicum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Basilicum
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iNaturalist: Basilicum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Basilicum
JSTOR Plant Science: Basilicum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Basilicum
Plants of the World Online: Basilicum
Tropicos: Basilicum
Wikipedia: Basilicum

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Basilicum.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1240, retrieved 28 September 2023

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