Stachys aethiopica L.

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Stachys aethiopica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore Peak, Mt Gorongosa

Stachys aethiopica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore Peak, Mt Gorongosa

Stachys aethiopica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore Peak, Mt Gorongosa

Stachys aethiopica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore Peak, Mt Gorongosa

Stachys aethiopica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northwestern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts

Stachys aethiopica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northwestern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts

Stachys aethiopica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northwestern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts

Stachys aethiopica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northwestern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts

Stachys aethiopica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Small valley North-east of Mt Binga, Chimanimani Mts

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Synonyms: Stachys serrulata Benth.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Straggling or ascending perennial herb, up to 1 m high, with an unpleasant smell. Stems quadrangular, branching above, densely pubescent with short and long hairs, some glandular. Leaves more or less broadly ovate, 11-65 mm long, usually cordate at the base, almost hairless or densely pubescent like the stems; margin crenate; petiole 1 to 4 cm long. Inflorescence lax with up to 12, 2-6-flowered, widely separated clusters per branch. Calyx 4-7 mm long, extending to 9 mm in fruit; teeth narrowly triangular, 1.5-3.5 mm long, somewhat spiny, straight or recurved. Corolla 10-16 mm long, white or pale pinkish-mauve, usually with purple markings on the lower lip; upper lip 2-6 mm long, densely pubescent outside; lower lip 5-9 mm long, pubescent outside. Nutlets ovoid, 1.5-2 mm long, dark brown, minutely tuberculate.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: aethiopica : of Ethiopia, a historic name for large parts of Africa. This particular taxon does not occur in modern Ethiopia.
Habitat: Along streams, forest edges, clearings and mountain roadsides.
Altitude range: 800 - 2400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa as far as Western Cape.
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 4 June 2014
Literature:

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.

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 39 - 41. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 93.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Stachys aethiopica

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Stachys aethiopica
African Plant Database: Stachys aethiopica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Stachys aethiopica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Stachys aethiopica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Stachys aethiopica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Stachys aethiopica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Stachys aethiopica
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Stachys aethiopica
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Stachys aethiopica
JSTOR Plant Science: Stachys aethiopica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Stachys aethiopica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Stachys aethiopica
Plants of the World Online: Stachys aethiopica
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Wikipedia: Stachys aethiopica


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Stachys aethiopica.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=149380, retrieved 22 September 2021

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