Aeollanthus engleri Briq.

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Aeollanthus engleri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Luwawa Forest Reserve, Viphya

Aeollanthus engleri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Luwawa Forest Reserve, Viphya

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Synonyms: Aeollanthus conglomeratus Baker
Aeollanthus cryptanthus Baker
Aeollanthus floribundus Briq.
Aeollanthus goetzei Gürke
Aeollanthus lythroides N.E. Fr.
Aeollanthus obtusifolius Briq.
Aeollanthus paludosus Gürke
Aeollanthus poggei Gürke
Aeollanthus uliginosus Gürke
Aeollanthus violaceus De Wild.
Common names:
Status: Native
Sparsely branched perennial up to 200 cm tall. Stems violet-purple, hairy but not glandular. Leaves opposite, subsessisle, oblanceolate-elliptic, 3-10 cm long, rather stiff; margin crenate to somewhat toothed. Inflorescence of several globose or elongated, dense clusters, sometimes all contracted into one. Bracts and calyces violet-purple, hairy. Corolla, pale violet or blue; tube 6-12 mm long; upper lip shallowly 4-lobed, lower lip boat-shaped.
Derivation of specific name: engleri: after Dr Prof Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler (1844-1930), German Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Berlin, who promoted botanical exploration in Africa.
Habitat: Unusally in wet grasslands and dambos.
Altitude range: 500 - 1900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Cameroon, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Mozambique distribution: N,T
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Content last updated: Monday 15 April 2019

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 144 - 145. (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 183.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 77.

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 297 - 299. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 68.

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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: Species information: Aeollanthus engleri., retrieved 1 December 2023

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