Syncolostemon oritrephes (Wild) D.F. Otieno

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Syncolostemon oritrephes

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Quartzite plateau below Mt Pheza, Chimanimani Mts, Mozambique

Syncolostemon oritrephes

Photo: Bart Wursten
Quartzite plateau below Mt Pheza, Chimanimani Mts, Mozambique

Syncolostemon oritrephes

Photo: Bart Wursten
Quartzite plateau below Mt Pheza, Chimanimani Mts, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Hemizygia oritrephes Wild
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Shrubby perennial herb, up to c. 70 cm tall, growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves opposite decussate, closely spaced, sometimes with clusters of young leaves in the upper axils; lamina elliptic, 10-30 mm long, more or less densely covered in silvery-grey hairs; margin entire or subserrate; petiole 1–3 mm long. Inflorescence lax with 6-flowered verticils 1.5–2.5 cm apart; calyx purplish or pink, c. 4 mm long at anthesis, up to 8 mm in fruit. Corolla pink, c. 10 mm long; tube slightly curved, pubescent; lower lip pubescent.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Quartzite grassland on Mt Pheza and elsewhere in the southern Chimanimani Mts.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Chimanimani Mts of Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Content last updated: Saturday 8 October 2011

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 31. As Hemizygia oritrephes

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 88.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 174. As Hemizygia oritrephes

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 142. As Hemizygia oritrephes

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 55. As Hemizygia oritrephes

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Page 139.

Wild, H. (1964). The endemic species of the Chimanimani Mountains and their significance Kirkia 4 Pages 149 - 150. Protologue as Hemizygia oritrephes

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

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Syncolostemon oritrephes., retrieved 19 June 2024

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