Fever Tea

Lippia javanica, photo © Michael Plagens

Shrubby plant with deltoid-elliptic leaves and small flowers in capitate spikes. Aromatic foliage.

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Lippia sp. photo © Michael Plagens

Small bluish-white flowers in short, crowded spikes. Leaves with prominent veins and aromatic oils.

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Lantana, an exotic invasive weed in East Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Spherical clusters of orange, red, pink and yellow tubular flowers on fast growing shrub. Aromatic.

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African Lantana

a natve Lantana in East Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

The inflorescence is longer and bracts crowd between the flowers after blooming. Berries purple.

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Frog Fruit

Phyla nodiflora from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Fleshy leaves and small pale flowers in short compact spikes. Trails along soil, rooting at nodes. (Lamiaceae)

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Purple Top

Verbena bonariensis, photo © Michael Plagens

Mostly herbaceous weedy plant with square stems and spikes of terminal flowers. Several flowering spikes together.

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Pigeon Berry

Duranta sp., photo © Michael Plagens

Very popular, non-native ornamental shrub with variegated leaves and showy blue-purple flowers. Seeds in berries spread by birds.

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Jamaican Vervain

Blue Porterweed, Stachytarpheta jamaicensis, photo © Michael Plagens

Mostly herbaceous perennial weed with narrow spikes of blue-purple flowers. Sharply serrate leaves.

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Clerodendrum #2

Clerodendron species from western highlands, Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Woody shrub with large, soft, opposite leaves and long-tubular white flowers. Prominent leaf veins on underside. (Lamiaceae)

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Meru Oak

Vitex keniensis, photo © Michael Plagens

Forest tree with medium-sized, five-parted, palmately compound leaves. Small flowers and berries in flat-topped panicles.

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 02 Nov. 2012,
updated 12 Dec. 2016

By no means am I an expert on the Natural History of Kenya because I am new to exploring this part of the World. By creating a page for the species as I learn them I am teaching myself, sharing with others and happy to receive feedback from web site visitors.