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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 4/4/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 4/4/2013)
Species Ocimum gratissimum L.
PlaceOfPublication Sp. P1. 1197, 1753.
Description Subshrubs, erect, to 2 m, glabrous to softly pubescent on the younger branches. Leaves ovate or elliptic, acute, crenate to subentire, the bases rounded and weakly attenuate or ? obtuse, to 7 cm long and 4.5 cm wide, resin-dotted, glabrous above and sparsely pubescent on the veins beneath; petioles to ca 4.5 cm long, pubescent. Inflorescences verticils, each ca 6-flowered, 0.5-1 cm distant, the false racemes 10-15 cm long, the bracts + deltoid, 2-3 mm long, pubescent. Flowers with pedicels ca 1-2 mm long; bracteoles not apparent; calyx 3-4 mm long, membranaceous, resin-dotted, pubescent on the veins and at the base, naked within, the upper lip entire, 3-veined, lateral margins decurrent only on upper 1/3 of tube, the lower lip 5-7-veined; corolla tubular, white and purple, ca 2.5 mm long overall; stamens exserted, lower filament pair with conspicuously pubescent appendages at the base, the anthers ca 0.6 mm long; ovary 4-lobed, gynobase weakly lobed, the style bifid near the-tip, the branches ? equal. Nutlets (3-)4, ? spherical or slightly elongated, ca 1.2 mm long, the pericarp warty.
Habit Subshrubs
Distribution The tropics of America and Africa, and Ceylon, Java, and the East Indies.
Specimen VERAGUAS: Canazas, Tyson 3651 (MO).
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