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This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Tanzania.


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: Tanzania, Njombe District: Kipengere, Goetze 960 (B†, holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial with probably a single stem arising from the ground but with underground parts unknown, ± 0.2 m tall, not reported as aromatic
Morphology Stem
Stems erect, quadrangular, branching or not, terminating in a leafy sterile portion, pubescent with retrorse eglandular hairs becoming densely pubescent with bluish, glandular patent hairs on the inflorescence axis
Morphology Leaves
Leaves spreading or deflexed, petiolate or subsessile; blades conduplicate on drying, elliptic, 5–15 × 3–5 mm, margin slightly thickened, entire or serrate, apex rounded to cuneate, base cuneate, sparsely pubescent, glandular-punctate with pale sessile glands; petioles 0–1 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence axillary with flowers single and secund, inserted oppositely, suboppositely or alternately in no particular pattern, ± 5 mm apart; bracts linear to elliptic, ± 1 mm long; pedicels 3–4 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx spreading, 3 mm long, densely pubescent with bluish glandular hairs and sessile glands; fruiting calyx 5 mm long, deflexed, shortly tubular/turbinate with pedicel centrally at base of calyx; throat truncate; posterior lip triangular, horizontal, not decurrent but with veins between posterior lip and lateral lobes thick; anterior lip with lobes lanceolate, median lobes longer than lateral lobes
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla bright blue, 7–9 mm long, densely pubescent distally with glandular bluish hairs; tube almost straight to very shallowly sigmoid, curving downwards, annulate within at base; posterior lip ascending, ± equal to anterior; anterior lip 3 mm long, deeply cucullate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Staminal filaments fused at base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style bifid to 1/3 length
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets dark brown with darker speckles, broadly ovoid, 1 mm long, slightly roughened, producing copious brown speckled mucilage when wet.
Montane grassland, exposed summits of ridges; 2100–2850 m
Possibly Endangered; habitat is likely to be in decline due to agriculture; (EOO 155.052 km2, 9 collections from 5 localities; AOO 368.13 km2 with cell width 11.077 km, number of cells 3, 3 subpopulations based on adjacent cells; 2 subpopulations based on Rapoport distance)
Range: Not known elsewhere Flora districts: T7

Native to:


Coleus adenophorus (Gürke) A.J.Paton appears in other Kew resources:

First published in PhytoKeys 129: 13 (2019)

Accepted by

  • Paton, A.J., Mwanyambo, M. Govaerts, R.H.A., Smitha, K., Suddee, S., Phillipson, P.B., Wilson, T.C., Forster, P.I. & Culham, A. (2019). Nomenclatural changes in Coleus and Plectranthus (Lamiaceae): A tale of more than two genera PhytoKeys 129: 1-158.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

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© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.