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This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Ethiopia, S. Tanzania to S. Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Lamiaceae (Labiatae), A.J. Paton, G. Bramley, O. Ryding, R.M. Polhill, Y.B. Harvey, M. Iwarsson, F. Willis, P.B. Phillipson, K. Balkwill, C.W. Lukhoba, D.F. Otieno, & R.M. Harley. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2009

Type
Type: Zambia, Bangweulu [Bangwelo], Kamindas on Kapata Peninsula, R.E. Fries 871 (K!, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb or rarely a subshrub with a single stem arising from a small tuber, 0.3–1 m tall, not reported as aromatic
Morphology Stem
Stems erect, rounded-quadrangular, leafless when flowering, slightly fleshy, pubescent with short retrorse hairs and pale sessile glands
Morphology Leaves
Leaves often ternately arranged, spreading, sessile, subtending bulbils in axils; blades elliptic, 2.5–6.5 × 1–2.5 cm, serrate, weakly revolute, apex acuminate, base cuneate or attenuate, sparsely pubescent, glandular-punctate
Vegetative Multiplication Bulbils
Bulbils formed from modified lateral stems similar to those of P melleri
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence oppositely or sometimes ternately branched, lax with verticils 10–20 mm apart; verticils 1–6flowered; cymes opposite, rarely alternate at base of inflorescence, sessile, 1–3flowered; bracts 1 mm long or less; pedicels 6–10 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 3–4 mm long at anthesis, pubescent, with pale sessile glands; fruiting calyx 6–8 mm long, tubular with pedicel attaching slightly excentrically to base of calyx; throat truncate; posterior lip elliptic, decurrent; anterior lip 4-lobed, lobes lanceolate, median longer and narrower
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla purple or pale blue, 14–20 mm long; tube 8–11 mm long, sigmoid; posterior lip shorter than anterior lip, vertical; anterior lip 6–7 mm long, ascending and parallel to posterior lip but becoming horizontal later, deeply cucullate, enclosing stamens, almost glabrous with uncoloured or yellowish sessile glands
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Staminal filaments fused
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets pale brown with red gland dots, broadly ovoid, 1.5 mm long, producing a small amount of mucilage when wet.
Ecology
Roadsides, Brachystegia woodland, rocky outcrops; (550–)1200–1850 m
Conservation
Least concern; widely distributed
Distribution
Range: Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe Flora districts: T4 T7 T8

Native to:

Angola, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Coleus kapatensis R.E.Fr. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 2009 Luke, W.R.Q. [11423], Tanzania Plectranthus kapatensis K000545404
Fries, R.E. [871], Zambia Plectranthus kapatensis K000430757
Cadd, L.E. [7974], Angola Plectranthus kapatensis K001008922
Harris, T. [109], Mozambique Plectranthus kapatensis K000545092

First published in Wiss. Erg. Schwed. Rhodesia-Kongo-Exp. 1911-1912, 1: 283 (1916)

Not accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Plectranthus kapatensis.]
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [Cited as Plectranthus kapatensis.]
  • Paton, A.J., Bramley, G., Ryding, O., Polhill, R., Harvey, Y., Iwarsson, M., Willis, F., Phillipson, P., Balkwill, K., Lukhoba, C., Otiend, D & Harley (2009). Lamiaceae (Labiatae) Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-430. [Cited as Plectranthus kapatensis.]
  • Paton, A.J., Bramley, G., Ryding, O., Polhill, R.M., Harvey, Y.B., Iwarsson, M., Otieno, D., Balkwill, K., Phillipson, P.B., Harley, R.M. & Willis, F. (2013). Flora Zambesiaca 8(8): 1-346. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [Cited as Plectranthus kapatensis.]

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Hedberg, I., Kelbessa, E., Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Persson, E. (eds.) (2006). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 5: 1-690. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Paton, A.J., Bramley, G., Ryding, O., Polhill, R., Harvey, Y., Iwarsson, M., Willis, F., Phillipson, P., Balkwill, K., Lukhoba, C., Otiend, D & Harley (2009). Lamiaceae (Labiatae) Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-430.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0