Equilabium acaulis (Brummitt & Seyani) Mwany., Culham & A.J.Paton

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Equilabium acaulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along main road between Lake Kaulime turn-off and Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

Equilabium acaulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along track to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park.

Equilabium acaulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along track to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park.

Equilabium acaulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along track to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park.

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Synonyms: Plectranthus acaulis Brummitt & Seyani
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Suffrutex with a very short stem arising from a woody tuber, not aromatic. Leaves usually 4 in a basal rosette, flat on the ground, sessile, large, broadly ovate or elliptic, 10-30 cm long, pubescent and with reddish sessile glands; margin often more or less deeply bicrenate. Inflorescence branching above, fairly lax with 6-flowered verticils. Calyx 3-4 mm long, purplish, densely hairy and with red sessile glands. Corolla reddish-purple, 11-14 mm long, sparsely pubescent and with reddish sessile glands; tube 6-7 mm long; both lips of equal length, 6-7 mm long.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Montane grassland.
Altitude range: 2100 - 2380 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known from Mt Waller and Nyika Plateau, Malawi and Zambia.
Malawi distribution: N
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Content last updated: Monday 18 March 2019
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 187. as Plectranthus acaulis (Includes a picture).

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 227 - 228. as Plectranthus acaulis

Paton, A.J., Mwanyambo, M., Govaerts, R.H.A., Smitha, K., Suddee, S., Phillipson, P.B., Wilson, T.C., Forster, P.I., Culham, A. (2019). Nomenclatural changes in Coleus and Plectranthus (Lamiaceae): a tale of more than two genera Phytokeys 129 Page 112.

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

Willis, C.K., Burrows, J.E., Fish, L., Phiri, P.S.M., Chikuni, A.C. & Golding, J. (2001). Developing a greater understanding of the flora of the Nyika Syst. Geogr. Pl. 71(2) Page 1000. as Plectranthus acaulis

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Equilabium acaulis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=207760, retrieved 28 July 2021

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