Justicia tenella (Nees) T. Anderson

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Justicia tenella

Photo: Mark Hyde
Edge of golf course, Aberfoyle Lodge

Justicia tenella

Photo: Mark Hyde
Edge of golf course, Aberfoyle Lodge

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Synonyms: Anisostachya tenella (Nees) Lindau
Rostellaria tenella Nees
Rostellularia tenella Nees
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
More or less erect branched annual herb, 10 - 45 cm tall. Leaves opposite, elliptic-ovate, petiolate. Inflorescences in the upper leaf axils, spike-like, each flower held in pale greenish-white overlapping bracts. corolla, c. 2 mm long, white with purple markings on both upper and lower lip.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: tenella: very soft, tender
Habitat: Mainly in weedy disturbed situations.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 13 October 2013
Literature:

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 188 - 189. (Includes a picture).

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.


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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 tenella.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154580, retrieved 20 October 2017

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