7264.000 Leonotis (Pers.) R.Br.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs or shrubs to 5 m. Inflorescence composed of 3-11 whorls per shoot, each whorl dense, spherical, axillary, many-flowered; bracts leaf-like; bracteoles linear, spine-tipped. Calyx 8-10-toothed; teeth usually rigid, spine-tipped. Corolla tubular, 2-lipped, white, covered with orange hairs (rarely white); tube with 1-3 transverse fringes of hairs inside; upper lip entire; lower lip 3-lobed. Stamens 4. Nutlets glabrous.

Worldwide: 9 species in tropical Africa, with 1, L. nepetifolia, extending to America and Asia

Malawi: 9 taxa.

Leonotis myricifolia

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
decadonta Gürke var. decadonta N,C,SDescription, Image
decadonta Gürke var. vestita (Briq.) Iwarsson & Y.B.Harv. N,C
grandis Iwarsson & Y.B.Harv. N
myricifolia Iwarsson & Y.B.Harv. [NrEnd]NDescription, Image
myrothamnifolia Iwarsson & Y.B.Harv. N
nepetifolia (L.) W.T. Aiton var. nepetifolia N,C,SDescription, Image
nepetifolia (L.) R.Br. var. africana (P.Beauv.) J.K.Morton N
ocymifolia (Burm. f.) Iwarsson var. ocymifolia N,CDescription, Image
ocymifolia (Burm. f.) Iwarsson var. raineriana (Vis.) IwarssonN,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Leonotis:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Leonotis
Flora of Caprivi: Leonotis
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Leonotis
Flora of Mozambique: Leonotis
Flora of Zambia: Leonotis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Leonotis
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Leonotis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Leonotis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Leonotis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Leonotis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Leonotis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Leonotis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Leonotis
JSTOR Plant Science: Leonotis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Leonotis
Plants of the World Online: Leonotis
Tropicos: Leonotis
Wikipedia: Leonotis

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 Malawi: Genus page: Leonotis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1218, retrieved 16 July 2024

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