Justicia odora (Forssk.) Lam.

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Justicia odora

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Main Camp to Sinamatella, Hwange NP

Justicia odora

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Main Camp to Sinamatella, Hwange NP

Justicia odora

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Main Camp to Sinamatella, Hwange NP

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Synonyms: Adhatoda odora (Forssk.) Nees
Dianthera odora Forssk.
Common names:
Status: Native
Shrubby perennial herb, 10-100 cm tall. Leaves opposite, lanceolate, ovate or elliptic, 1-6 cm, largest leaves lower on the plant, green above, paler below, hairless to shortly hairy, particularly on the margin near the petiole, sometimes notched at the apex; margin entire; petiole up to 5 mm long. Flowers singly or in few-flowered clusters in the upper leaf axils. Corolla 2-lipped, yellow, sometimes with reddish veins in the throat; lower lip 3-lobed, up to 11 × 15.5 mm. Capsule up to 15 × 5 mm, pointed, hairless to shortly hairy.
Derivation of specific name: odora: odorous, fragrant
Habitat: In dry wooded grassland, open woodland and scrub, often on stony and sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: From Arabian Peninsula to Tanzania; Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,S
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Images last updated: Friday 7 December 2007

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 195 - 197. (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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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 odora.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154520, retrieved 23 August 2017

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