VII. Subfam. Nepetoideae (Dumort.) Luerss. (1882).

VII. 3. Tribe Ocimeae Dumort. (1829).

VII. 3. D. Subtribe Ociminae (Dumort.) Schmidt in Martius (1858).

Subtribe Moschominae Endlicher (1838).


Herbs, ?aromatic; leaves simple; inflorescence thyrsoid with cymes sessile, 3-flowered; bracts persistent, not coloured, inconspicuous; calyx radially symmetrical, tubular-campanulate, straight, 5-lobed, lobes equal, deltoid; throat open, glabrous; corolla strongly 2-lipped, 5-lobed (4/1), violet, posterior lip ascending, with 2 median lobes exceeding lateral lobes, anterior lip horizontal, concave, corolla-tube straight, parallel-sided, dilating at throat; stamens 4 held over lower lip, posterior pair attached above midpoint of corolla-tube, glabrous, inappendiculate, anterior pair attached at corolla throat; style capitate-clavate; stigma-lobes equal, rounded, connivent; disc 4-lobed with anterior lobe larger; nutlets ± ovoid, glabrous, perhaps not mucilaginous. One species, B. lanceolata (Gürke) G.Tayl., in marshes, Angola.


Native to:

26 South Tropical Africa


Benguellia G. Tayl. in J. Bot. 69 (suppl. 2): 156 (1931).

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