Equilabium acaule (Brummitt & Seyani) Mwany., Culham & A.J.Paton

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Equilabium acaule

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along main road between Lake Kaulime turn-off and Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

Equilabium acaule

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along track to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park.

Equilabium acaule

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along track to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park.

Equilabium acaule

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along track to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park.

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Synonyms: Plectranthus acaulis Brummitt & Seyani
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Status: Native
Suffrutex with a very short stem arising from a woody tuber, not aromatic. Leaves usually 4 in a basal rosette, flat on the ground, sessile, large, broadly ovate or elliptic, 10-30 cm long, pubescent and with reddish sessile glands; margin often more or less deeply bicrenate. Inflorescence branching above, fairly lax with 6-flowered verticils. Calyx 3-4 mm long, purplish, densely hairy and with red sessile glands. Corolla reddish-purple, 11-14 mm long, sparsely pubescent and with reddish sessile glands; tube 6-7 mm long; both lips of equal length, 6-7 mm long.
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Habitat: Montane grassland, sometimes near forest margins.
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Worldwide distribution: Only known from Mt Waller and Nyika Plateau, Malawi and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Content last updated: Monday 18 March 2019

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. as Plectranthus acaulis (Includes a picture).

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 227 - 228. as Plectranthus acaulis

Paton, A.J., Mwanyambo, M., Govaerts, R.H.A., Smitha, K., Suddee, S., Phillipson, P.B., Wilson, T.C., Forster, P.I., Culham, A. (2019). Nomenclatural changes in Coleus and Plectranthus (Lamiaceae): a tale of more than two genera Phytokeys 129 Page 112.

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

Willis, C.K., Burrows, J.E., Fish, L., Phiri, P.S.M., Chikuni, A.C. & Golding, J. (2001). Developing a greater understanding of the flora of the Nyika Syst. Geogr. Pl. 71(2) Page 1000. as Plectranthus acaulis

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Equilabium acaule.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=207760, retrieved 17 April 2024

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