Plectranthus esculentus N.E. Br.

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Plectranthus esculentus

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Haslemere Lane, Umwinsidale

Plectranthus esculentus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere Lane, Umwinsidale

Plectranthus esculentus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere Lane, Umwinsidale

Plectranthus esculentus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

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Synonyms: Coleus esculentus (N.E. Br.) G. Taylor
Plectranthus floribundus N.E. Br.
Common names: Finger potato (English) Livingstone potato (English)
Perennial herb or suffrutex with long arching, woody, sparsely branched stems. Leaves subsessile, oblong-elliptic to oblanceolate, thick-textured with brown gland-dots on the under surface; margin obscurely toothed. Inflorescences erect along the stems, flowering before any leaves appear. Flowers bright yellow. The tuberous roots are edible.
Derivation of specific name: esculentus: edible
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Botswana distribution: N
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 188.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 44.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 29.

Kujeke, G.T., Masekesa, R.T., Icishahayo, D., Ngadze, E. & Mazarura, U. (2015). A Survey of the Production Practices of Livingstone Potato (Plectranthus esculentus), an Indigenous and Underutilised Vegetable in Zimbabwe Journal of Agriculture and Ecology Research International 4(4) Pages 175 - 187.

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 56.

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 240 - 241.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 79.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 113. as Plectranthus esculentus longipes

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Flora of Malawi: Plectranthus esculentus
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Plectranthus esculentus
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Plectranthus esculentus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Plectranthus esculentus
African Plant Database: Plectranthus esculentus
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Plectranthus esculentus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Plectranthus esculentus
Plants of the World Online: Plectranthus esculentus
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Wikipedia: Plectranthus esculentus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Plectranthus esculentus., retrieved 7 July 2022

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