Justicia exigua S. Moore

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Justicia exigua

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Harare to Bulawayo Rd

Justicia exigua

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Harare to Bulawayo Rd

Justicia exigua

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Harare to Bulawayo Rd

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Status: Native
Slender annual herb. Stems ascending to erect, up to 40 cm high, often purple-tinged, with opposite lines of short hairs along the length. Leaves opposite, elliptic up to 3.5cm long, ciliate hairy along the margin and often a fringe of longer hairs near the base. Flowers in 3-7-flowered spikes in the upper leaf axils, white with mauve-purple markings in midlobe of the lip.
Notes: See J. anagalloides and J. matammensis for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: exigua: small, meagre, poor
Habitat: In a wide variety of open, often disturbed, habitats.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:Throughout the year
Worldwide distribution: Sudan, Ethiopia, NE DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,S
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Images last updated: Saturday 25 July 2009

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 193 - 194.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 331. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 18.


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Justicia exigua
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Justicia exigua
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Justicia exigua
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Justicia exigua
Ispot Southern Africa: Justicia exigua
JSTOR Plant Science: Justicia exigua
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Justicia exigua
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Justicia exigua
The Plant List (version 1.1): Justicia exigua
Tropicos: Justicia exigua

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Justicia exigua.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154440, retrieved 18 August 2017

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