Justicia elegantula S. Moore

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Justicia elegantula

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park Nature Reserve, Harare

Justicia elegantula

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, nr the bridge

Justicia elegantula

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, nr the bridge

Justicia elegantula

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

Justicia elegantula

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

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Common names: Spring posy (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial herb, often much branched from the base with erect or prostrate annual stems to c.25 cm, from a stout woody rootstock. Young shoots with small succulent radical leaves. Leaves oblanceolate or lanceolate to broadly ovate. Flowers few together in leaf axils. Calyx lobes 5-9 mm at flowering stage. Corolla crimson to purple, 10.2-14.5 mm with a purple-white pattern at lower lip near throat. Capsule 5.5-8.2 mm, glabrous to densely hairy.
Notes: This is an attractive, early-flowering species, often very noticeable in burnt areas. See Justicia phyllostachys for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: elegantula: elegant, pretty
Habitat: In open grassland, woodlands, rocky areas, often in places which are seasonally burnt.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 23.

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 207 - 208.

Hedrén, M. (1990). The Justicia elegantula complex (Acanthaceae) in tropical Africa Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 103(3)

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 14.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 128, plate 169


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Flora of Malawi: Justicia elegantula
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Justicia elegantula
African Plant Database: Justicia elegantula
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Justicia elegantula
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Justicia elegantula
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Justicia elegantula
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Justicia elegantula
Ispot Southern Africa: Justicia elegantula
JSTOR Plant Science: Justicia elegantula
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Justicia elegantula
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Justicia elegantula
The Plant List (version 1.1): Justicia elegantula
Tropicos: Justicia elegantula

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Justicia elegantula.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154430, retrieved 23 January 2018

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