Lion's Ear
Klip Dagga

Leonotis nepetifolia

Lion's Ear, Leonotis nepetifolia, species at mid elevations, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed near Eldoret, Kenya. December 2012. Identified with the help of Bart Wursten and Flora of Mozambique. The ant appears to be a species of Camponotus.

This mint species is frequent component of roadsides and fallow fields in the higher elevation (1600+ m.) in the Rift Valley near Eldoret. This species has bright orange tubular flowers borne in dense balls together with spiny-bracted fruits. Two or three of these compact inflorescences on each tall stem about 1-½ m tall. The flowers are attractive to sunbirds such as the Variable Sunbird and the seeds are fed upon by stink bugs.

Foliage/Leaves of Leonotis nepetifolia at mid elevations, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens
Leaf margins of Leonotis are blunt-toothed.

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Sunbirds take the nectar and stinkbugs feed on ripening seeds.

Lamiaceae -- Mint Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created on 9 February 2012,
updated 7 June 2019.