Stachys aethiopica L.
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Herb
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: one quarter degree grid square only
Red Data Book Information:
Distribution: Isiteki Beacon
Known mainly from old collections (Compton).
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Stachys aethiopica - Straggling, loosely branched, thinly hairy throughout. Leaf-stalk 1 cm or less long, blade broadly oval narrowing to blunt tip, heart-shaped at base, margins with numerous short blunt teeth, up to 3 cm long X 2,5 cm wide. Inflorescence terminal, indefinite, flower-clusters fairly close-set, lowest in axils of leaf-like bracts, upper with small bracts. Calyx c 8 mm long, teeth fine-pointed, shaggy; corolla white c 1,3 cm long, upper lip erect, lower turned downwards, much longer than upper, middle lobe much larger than side-lobes..
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.