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

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

VII. 3. E. Subtribe Plectranthinae Endlicher (1838).


Shrubs, scarcely aromatic; leaves simple; inflorescence thyrsoid with cymes sessile, 3-flowered; bracts caducous, inconspicuous; calyx funnel-shaped, straight, strongly 2-lipped, 5-lobed (1/4), lobes unequal, posterior lanceolate, not decurrent, curving upwards, lateral lobes lanceolate with a small shoulder, closer to anterior lobes than posterior, anterior lobes lanceolate, slightly fused at base, throat open, glabrous; corolla strongly 2-lipped, 5-lobed (4/1), purple, posterior lip very short, truncate, 4-lobed with median lobes ascending, lateral lobes held between median lobes and anterior lip, anterior lip deflexed, slightly concave, corolla-tube basally geniculate, gradually dilating towards throat, glabrous within but with a basal glabrous annulate ridge; stamens 4, free, held just beyond throat, posterior pair attached just below anterior, anterior pair attached at throat; stigma-lobes spreading, rounded; disc 4-lobed with anterior lobe larger; nutlets not seen.  One species D. brevilabra Hedge in Madagascar, in forest at sea-level.


Native to:

29 Western Indian Ocean


Dauphinea Hedge, Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 41: 119 (1983); Hedge in Hedge, Clement, Paton & Phillipson, Flore de Madagascar et des Comores 175: 239-240 (1998), rev.

Species found in RBG Kew living collections

1989-908 Dauphinea brevilabra Hedge  HYRH 2876 F TC 3 13  :  TRO_N 9 


Image resource

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew