Coleus neochilus (Schltr.) Codd

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Coleus neochilus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from Zvishavane to Mbalabala.

Coleus neochilus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from Zvishavane to Mbalabala.

Coleus neochilus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from Zvishavane to Mbalabala.

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Synonyms: Coleus palliolatus S. Moore
Coleus schinzii G├╝rke
Plectranthus neochilus Schltr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Aromatic annual or perennial, somewhat succulent herb, up to 60 cm high, growing from a fibrous root system. Stems erect, ascending or decumbent, 4-angled, sparsely branched, covered with spreading glandular and eglandular hairs and red sessile glands, often becoming sticky towards the inflorescence. leaves opposite, spreading, somewhat fleshy, obovate to elliptic, 15-80 mm long, pubescent and with red sessile glands; margin serrate to crenate, slightly rolled under; petiole mostly 5-25 mm long. Inflorescences fairly lax with 6-flowered verticils c. 10 mm apart; bracts pale green, often marked purplish ovate with an apical point, together forming a distinct terminal cone on the inflorescence. Calyx 3-5 mm long, pubescent and with red and pale sessile glands. Corolla blue to purple, 11-20 mm long with scattered hairs and red sessile glands on the lobes; lower lip, horizontal, boat-shaped, 5-11 mm long, partially enclosing the stamens.
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Habitat: Rocky places in woodland or grassland.
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Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Eswatini and South Africa.
Botswana distribution: SE
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 29. as Plectranthus neochilus

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 350 - 351. as Plectranthus neochilus (Includes a picture).

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. as Plectranthus neochilus

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 275 - 277. as Plectranthus neochilus (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 70. as Plectranthus neochilus

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 474 - 475. as Plectranthus neochilus (Includes a picture).

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

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Flora of Mozambique: Coleus neochilus
Flora of Zambia: Coleus neochilus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Coleus neochilus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Coleus neochilus
African Plant Database: Coleus neochilus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Coleus neochilus
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Coleus neochilus
Plants of the World Online: Coleus neochilus
Tropicos: Coleus neochilus
Wikipedia: Coleus neochilus

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: Coleus neochilus., retrieved 22 June 2024

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