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Plectranthus ornatus Codd
Family Lamiaceae
Plectranthus ornatus Codd APNI*

Description: Unpleasantly aromatic, decumbent to trailing, perennial herb to 30 cm high, branching freely at the base; branches succulent, covered by minute gland-tipped hairs.

Leaves with lamina succulent, obovate to broad-obovate, mostly 2–4 cm long, 1.5–3 cm wide; apex rounded; base cuneate; margins finely crenate-toothed with 4–6 pairs of small teeth; both surfaces sparsely to densely hairy, with shortly appressed hairs, especially on veins below, usually with orange sessile glands; petiole 0.2–1 cm long.

Calyx c. 3 mm long, to 6 mm long in fruit. Corolla 20–25 mm long, blue-mauve, with dark markings on upper lip, slightly hairy; tube slightly decurved; lobes occasionally with sessile glands.


Flowering: throughout year.

Distribution and occurrence: Doubtfully naturalized in the Sydney district. Native of Ethiopia to Tanzania. SYNONYMS: ?CC.
NSW subdivisions: ?CC
AVH map***

Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


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***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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