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Leonotis leonurus (L.) R. Br.

Wild dagga, lion’s tail

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyLamiaceaeMint family
GenusLeonotisFrom Greek leo, “lion,” and otis, “ear,” for the similarity of the corolla to a lion’s ear
SpeciesleonurusFrom Greek leo, “lion,” and oura, “tail”: resembling a lion’s tail

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Leonotis leonurus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Leonotis leonurus (wild dagga, lion’s tail)

The plants in the foreground are wild. That’s a sunbird on the dagga. · 8/9/2023 · Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa · By Benjamin Winslow


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