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Plectranthus ??

a robust Plectrantus sp. from the Rift Valley, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

This plant was found as a hedgerow component where grazing animals were prevalent, Eldoret, Kenya. January 2012.

 a Plectranthus species photo © Michael Plagens

LEAVES: The opposite leaves are broadly triangular to ovate, thickened and rather fleshy. The margins have blunt serrations and the underside is whitish.

SHRUBBY: Herbaceous growth emerges repeatedly from a thick, woody lower portion. Plants were mostly about 1 to 1½ meters tall.

FLOWERS: The flowers are arranged in rings about an upright spike. Each flower is bilaterally symetric with a distinct dorsal spur. Nearly white with slight blue tinge.

RANGE: One of several species of Plectrantus found in fence rows and margins of crop fields in the vicinity of Eldoret, in the Rift Valley at 1900 m elevation. There are many Plectranthus species native to East Africa.

FRUIT:

UNARMED.

Lamiaceae -- Mint Family

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 08 November 2012