Coleus mirabilis Briq.

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Coleus mirabilis

Lui Dambo at Maindende;
Apr 1993
Photo: Mike Bingham

Coleus mirabilis

Jul 2015
Photo: Nicholas Wightman

Coleus mirabilis

Jul 2015
Photo: Nicholas Wightman

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Synonyms: Ascocarydion mirabile (Briq.) G. Taylor
Coleus leucophyllus Baker
Plectranthus mirabilis (Briq.) Launert
Common names:
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
A soft-woody perennial with stems erect, sparsely branched, up to 2.5 m tall from a woody rhizome. Leaves opposite, petiolate, ovate to elliptic, discolorous, puberulous above, silvery tomentose below, with red sessile glands. Inflorescence lax to dense, calyx purple, corolla blue.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: mirabilis (Latin) marvelous or strange
Habitat: Perennially wet dambos.
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Flowering time:Apr - Aug
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Angola and Namibia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp,N,W
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Content last updated: Wednesday 16 September 2015

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 258 - 259. as Plectranthus mirabilis

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 216. as Plectranthus mirabilis

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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: Coleus mirabilis., retrieved 27 February 2024

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