Asystasia gangetica (L.) T. Anderson
subsp. micrantha (Nees) Ensermu

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Asystasia gangetica subsp. micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Victoria Falls, by path to one of the viewing points

Asystasia gangetica subsp. micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Victoria Falls, by path to one of the viewing points

Asystasia gangetica subsp. micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Victoria Falls, by path to one of the viewing points

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Synonyms: Asystasia coromandeliana Nees
Justicia gangetica L.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Erect or scrambling perennial, up to c. 1 m. Leaves opposite, ovate, occasionally finely hairy; margin entire. Flowers in a terminal, often one-sided raceme, white to pale mauve-blue with purple markings in the lower lip.
Notes: Subsp. gangetica occurs in tropical Asia and the Pacific. It is a slightly more shrubby herb with larger purple flowers. It is sometimes used as an cultivated ornamental plant in tropical Africa but not known as an escape.
Derivation of specific name: gangetica: of the Ganges River, India;
micrantha: small-flowered
Habitat: In a variety of habitats, often in light shade.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1550 m
Flowering time:Any time, mostly Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, South Africa, Madagascar, Mascarene Islands and tropical Arabia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Junonia oenone oenone (Food plant)
Junonia natalitica natalitica (Food plant)
Salamis parhassus (Food plant)
Hypolimnas misippus (Food plant)
Junonia hierta cebrene (Food plant)
Junonia terea elgiva (Food plant)
Salamis anacardii nebulosa (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Saturday 8 April 2006
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 138 - 139. as Asystasia gangetica (Includes a picture).

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2010). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pages 457 - 460. (Includes a picture).

Kelbessa, E. (1994). A Revision of Asystasia gangetica (L.) T. Anders (Acanthaceae) Proceedings of the XIIIth Plenary Meeting AETFAT, Malawi 1 Pages 333 - 346. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 12. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 17.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Asystasia gangetica subsp. micrantha.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154010, retrieved 30 October 2014

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