Aeollanthus serpiculoides Baker

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Aeollanthus serpiculoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhamadzi River at second crossing along trail to Mt Binga, lower Chimanimani Mts

Aeollanthus serpiculoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhamadzi River at second crossing along trail to Mt Binga, lower Chimanimani Mts

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Status: Native
Prostrate or decumbent perennial or rarely annual herb. Stems several, often somewhat fleshy, reddish purple, glandular hairy. Leaves opposite or in clusters on small lateral shoots, variable in shape, markedly fleshy, subsessile, glandular hairy; margins crenate. Inflorescence a branched panicle. Flowers often one-sided on the inflorescence branches. Bracts elliptic, to ovate-lanceolate, more or less recurved. Corolla purple, mauve or white; upper lip with dark purple dots, 2-4-lobed; lower lip flap or slightly boat-shaped. Stamens sometimes longer than the lower lip.
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Habitat: In shallow soil pockets on rocks, often near seasonal streams or seepage areas.
Altitude range: 300 - 2400 m
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS
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Content last updated: Wednesday 21 May 2014

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 54.

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 304 - 305. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Aeollanthus serpiculoides
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aeollanthus serpiculoides
African Plant Database: Aeollanthus serpiculoides
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Aeollanthus serpiculoides., retrieved 29 February 2024

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