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Genus Leonotis Family Lamiaceae

Description: Perennial herbs or shrubs.

Leaves narrow-elliptic, green, sparsely hairy.

Inflorescence with many flowers per leaf axil. Calyx 8–10-veined; funnel-shaped, 8–10-toothed; mouth slightly oblique; lobes shortly and broad-triangular, ± mucronate. Corolla as long as or longer than calyx, 2-lipped; lower lip 3-lobed; upper lip concave. Stamens 4, ascending under upper lip of corolla; anther loculi divergent. Ovary deeply 4-lobed; style gynobasic; stigma reduced to a tiny tooth.

Mericarps ± smooth.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 15 species, tropical & southern Africa. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Leonotis leonurus

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