Plectranthus swynnertonii S. Moore

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Plectranthus swynnertonii

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Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Plectranthus swynnertonii

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Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Plectranthus swynnertonii

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Forest below Castleburn Cliffs and Bunga Views

Plectranthus swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along track to Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

Plectranthus swynnertonii

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Gully beside hut, chimanimani N.P.

Plectranthus swynnertonii

Photo: Neil Crouch
Gully beside hut, chimanimani N.P.

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Common names: Swynnerton's spur flower (English)
Status: Native
Soft, scrambling or shrub-like perennial herb. Stems 4-angled with a line of purple hairs at the nodes. Leaves broadly ovate, upper surface dark green with short bristly hairs, veining conspicuously sunken; under surface paler grey-green with purple hairs along the veins; margin very irregularly lacerated, as if torn. Inflorescences, branched at the ends of branches. Flowers white with pink or mauve markings in the upper lip.
Derivation of specific name: swynnertonii: named after Charles Francis Massey Swynnerton (1877-1938), well-known naturalist, who first recorded and collected many species of flora and fauna in and around the Chirinda Forest
Habitat: In the understorey and along the margins of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 500 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Nov - May
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga South Africa.
Malawi distribution: S
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 44.

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) Page 202.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 113 - 114.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 93.

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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 Malawi: Species information: Plectranthus swynnertonii., retrieved 23 April 2024

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