Syncolostemon comptonii Codd
(name current 2016)
(S. nr. argenteus)
Growth form: Shrub
Found within protected areas
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: one quarter degree grid square only
Red Data Book Information:
Status: CR A1cB1B2a
Distribution: Malolotja, Maguga
Threatened by construction of a new dam at Maguga. The species is known from only a single locality.
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Syncolostemon comptonii - Slender soft-stemmed shrub up to 1,6 m high, aromatic, rather roughly downy throughout. Main leaves short-stalked, narrow lance-shaped, tip pointed, margins toothless, midrib prominent below, gland-dotted, up to 3,5 cm long x 5 mm wide, with densely leafy short shoots in their axils. Inflorescence compact, flower-whorls 2-3 mm apart, each flower-cluster with two flowers. Calyx c 5 mm long, bell-shaped, glandular, teeth short, white-woolly at mouth; corolla c 8 mm long, lips almost equal, white or pale mauve.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.