Plectranthus shirensis (Gürke) A.J. Paton

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Plectranthus shirensis

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Plectranthus shirensis

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Plectranthus shirensis

Picture: 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.
Type location:
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: 500 - 2100 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,E,Lk
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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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).

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 29. As Solenostemon shirensis

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 57. As Solenostemon shirensis

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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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Plectranthus shirensis., retrieved 1 July 2022

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