7191.010 Rotheca Raf.

Clarke, H. & Charters, M. (ed. Moll, E.) (2016) The Illustrated Dictionary of Southern African Plant Names Jacana Media, South Africa

Fernandes, R.B. & Verdcourt, B. (2000) Rotheca (Lamiacae) Revived: More New Combinations Kew Bulletin 55(1) 147-154

Description of the genus

Suffrutices, shrubs or small trees. Leaves usually in whorls. Inflorescence a usually lax cyme. Calyx often red or purple, lobed to half its length or less, with 4-6 lobes. Flower bud markedly asymmetric; corolla expanding abruptly on lower side only; anterior corolla lobe frequently much larger than the other 4. Corolla pale to deep blue, occasionally white or yellow. Anthers usually basifixed. Stigma lobes frequently unequal. Fruit a 4-lobed or -furrowed drupe with 4 pyrenes.

Derivation of name: Latinised version of tsjerou-Theka, a Malayalam name meaning "little teak"

Worldwide: c. 35 species in tropical and southern Africa

Mozambique: 10 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
aurantiaca (Baker) R. Fern.N,ZDescription, Image
hirsuta (Hochst.) R. Fern.MS,MDescription, Image
luembensis (De Wild.) R.Fern. subsp. luembensis var. luembensis TDescription, Image
luembensis (De Wild.) R. Fern. subsp. niassensis (R. Fern.) R. Fern.[End]N
makanjana H.J.P. WinkleN,MS
myricoides (Hochst.) D.A. Steane & Mabb.N,Z,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
sansibarensis (G├╝rke) Steane & Mabb. subsp. sansibarensis var. eratensis (R. Fern.) R. Fern.[End]N
teaguei (Hutch.) R. Fern.[NrEnd]MS
verdcourtii (R. Fern.) R. Fern.[NrEnd]MS
wildii (Moldenke) R. Fern.N,Z,T,MSDescription, Image

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Rotheca
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Wikipedia: Rotheca

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Rotheca.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1213, retrieved 24 September 2023

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