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Lippia javanica

Fever Tea, Lippia javanica, by Michael Plagens

Photographed near Eldoret, Kenya. December 2012.

LEAVES: The triangular leaves have very prominent veins and reticulations. The margins are toothed. Opposite leaves.

SHRUB: Several upright, straight branches about 1½m tall. inflorescence of Lippia javanica photo © Michael Plagens

FLOWERS: The creamy white flowers are clustered into very short head-like spikes. The corollas are weakly bilaterally symetrical.

RANGE: This is a common native plant in Kenya uplands. Fever Tea has reported medicinal value and has been widely planted also.

FRUIT: The fruits are small, dry berries and these remain packed together into the spike giving an appearance of a composite fruit.


Verbenaceae -- Vervain Family

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