Endostemon tenuiflorus (Benth.) M.R. Ashby

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Endostemon tenuiflorus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Endostemon tenuiflorus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Endostemon tenuiflorus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Endostemon tenuiflorus

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Sinamatella to Robins Camp, Hwange NP

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Synonyms: Ocimum depauperatum Vatke
Orthosiphon tenuiflorus Benth.
Pseudocimum trichocalyx Bremek.
Common names:
Perennial herb, much-branched from near the base with glandular hairy, sticky stems, 15-25 cm. Leaves subsessile, somewhat leathery, linear-oblanceolate to obovate, up to 40 × 5mm with numerous sunken glands; margin obscurely toothed, often rolled under. Flowers in terminal racemes; corolla up to 10 mm in diameter, mauve to pink.
Derivation of specific name: tenuiflorus: with slender flowers
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, northern South Africa. Also Ethiopia, Somalia, Socotra and the Arabian Peninsula.
Botswana distribution:
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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 163 - 166. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 77.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Endostemon tenuiflorus.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=149660, retrieved 30 September 2023

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