Coleus shirensis Gürke

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Coleus shirensis

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Coleus shirensis

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Coleus shirensis

Photo: Mark Hyde

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Synonyms: Coleus punctatus Baker
Plectranthus shirensis (Gürke) A.J. Paton
Solenostemon shirensis (Gürke) Codd
Solenostemon zambesiacus Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Herbaceous, aromatic, perennial shrub, up to c. 3.5m tall. Stema slightly succulent, 4-angled, often marked purple, hairy and glandular. Leaves triangular-ovate, 3-14 cm, sparsely to densely pubescent and with red sessile glands; margin crenate to serrate, sometimes weakly rolled under; periole 10-90 mm long. Inflorescences lax with 15-30-flowered verticils, 5 to 10 mm apart. Flowers blue to purplish, 10-22 mm long, pubescent on the lobes and with red sessile glands.
Derivation of specific name: shirensis: of the Shire area in southern Malawi
Habitat: In wet areas, clearings and along streamsides in woodland and forest.
Altitude range: 500 - 2100 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 154 - 155. as Plectranthus shirensis (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 189. as Plectranthus shirensis (Includes a picture).

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 29. As Solenostemon shirensis

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. As Solenostemon shirensis

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 272 - 273. as Plectranthus shirensis

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 115. as Solenostemon shirensis

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Coleus shirensis
Flora of Malawi: Coleus shirensis
Flora of Zambia: Coleus shirensis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Coleus shirensis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Coleus shirensis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Coleus shirensis
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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: Coleus shirensis., retrieved 20 April 2024

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