Rotheca luembensis (De Wild.) R.Fern.
subsp. luembensis
var. luembensis

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Rotheca luembensis subsp. luembensis var. luembensis

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Synonyms: Clerodendrum luembensis subsp. luembensis var. luembensis forma herbaceum (Hiern) R. Fern.
Clerodendrum myricoides var. camporum Gürke
Clerodendrum myricoides var. savanarum sensu B.Thomas
Siphonanthus myricoides var. herbaceus Hiern
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb or suffrutex 25–80(100) cm tall, from a long creeping woody rootstock; stems few to many, erect, unbranched or occasionally somewhat branched, usually with a ± dense indumentum of spreading, ± rigid, short hairs; leaves in whorls of 3 or opposite, rarely in whorls of 4, sessile to shortly petiolate; internodes up to 10 cm long; lamina 4–18.5 × 1.2–6 cm, oblong-obovate, oblong-lanceolate, elliptic or obovate-cuneate, up to 5-times longer than wide but more usually 2.5-times longer than wide, widest above the middle, ± long-attenuate towards the base, obtuse to acute or shortly acuminate at the apex, entire to coarsely serrate-dentate in the upper 1/3, ± concolorous, pubescent on both surfaces with hairs similar to those of stems and branches but shorter; inflorescence a terminal, pubescent panicle, 7–23 cm long, formed by opposite 2–5-flowered cymes, sometimes with 2–3 additional cymes in the axils of the uppermost leaves, the uppermost cymes subtended by foliaceous sessile bracts; calyx pale green, red in the upper part when fresh, red-purple on drying, (4)4.5–6 mm long and c. 7 mm in diameter, obconical-campanulate, subglabrous to ± appressed-hairy; lobes 3–4 mm wide at the base, rounded or oblong and obtuse, ciliate; corolla variable in colour, green to greenish-white except for the median bright blue lobe, or pale blue, or pale blue and yellow-green, or white with the lateral lobes light green and the median lobe purple, or 4 lobes pale muddy blue and the median lobe royal-blue, or 4 lobes greenish-mauve and the median lobe violet, or green without and brownish within; corolla tube 5–6 mm long, corolla lobes ciliate; limb of corolla bud 5–6 mm in diameter, subspherical, glabrous or subglabrous to ± densely hairy.
forma herbacea differs from forma luembensis in having narrower elliptic to lanceolate leaves widest in the middle with an attenuate base and acute apex and entire or small acute toothed margins.
Notes: Included on the basis of a specimen stored under this name at BNRH.
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Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Angola and Zambia
Mozambique distribution: T
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
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Fernandes, R. (2005). Lamiaceae (subfamilies: Viticoideae and Ajugoideae) Flora Zambesiaca 8(7) Pages 127 - 128. As forma luembensis and forma herbacea

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Rotheca luembensis subsp. luembensis var. luembensis., retrieved 3 December 2022

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