Leonotis ocymifolia, the broad-leaved minaret flower or wild dagga, a common name it shares with L. leonurus, has three recognized forms. This plant is more widely distributed than its more well-known relative, L. leonurus.
Wide geographic distribution of a species may over much time result in more variations in appearance. This happens in survival responses of a plant to local environmental challenges. When discontinuities in habitat are added, for instance through climate change, differences may become enhanced as plants of unconnected regions can no longer interbreed.
Formally recognized variations then become subspecies, or much later even different species within a genus and still much later distant family members. Biological diversity is analogous to an expanding universe. The limits of such spontaneous development is hard to imagine for an observer species caught in a small time interval of life on earth, and possibly in the universe.