Leucas capensis (Benth.) Engl.

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Leucas capensis

Photo: Tony Benn
Mmopane, Gaborone.

Leucas capensis

Photo: Tony Benn
Mmopane, Gaborone.

Leucas capensis

Photo: Tony Benn
Mmopane, Gaborone.

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Synonyms: Lasiocorys capensis Benth.
Lasiocorys capensis Benth.
Phlomis capensis Thunb.
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Status: Native
Small shrubby perennial herb, up to 60 cm tall, growing from a woody rootstock. Stems 4-angled,covered with appressed hairs, spreading hairs and scattered sessile glands. Leaves subsessile or very shortly petiolate, oblong to narrowly spathulate, 6-27 mm long, more or less densely covered with short appressed hairs above, densely so with longer spreading hairs and sessile glands; margin entire; petiole 1-2.5 mm long. Inflorescence of 4-18 clusters each with 2-4 flowers. Calyx funnel-shaped, 5-6 mm long, extending in fruit, 5-lobed; lobes equal, triangular, 1.5-2 mm long. Corolla 8-12 mm long, white with long appressed silky hairs outside.
Notes: The 5-lobed, funnel-shaped calyx easily distinguishes this species from others in the genus.
Derivation of specific name: capensis: of the Cape
Habitat: In dry scrub with Acacia, mopane, Combretum and Grewia, overgrazed areas, margins of pans and on limestone outcrops.
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Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Eswatini and South Africa.
Botswana distribution: SW,SE
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Content last updated: Friday 26 August 2016

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.

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 50 - 51.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 78.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Leucas capensis
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Leucas capensis.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=149260, retrieved 22 June 2024

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