Justicia bracteata (Hochst.) Zarb.

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Justicia bracteata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland offfice area

Justicia bracteata

Photo: Marius Steffens
Lone Mine Road, West of Gweru.

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Synonyms: Monechma debile (Forssk.) Nees
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Erect annual herb. Stems angular, ribbed with spreading branches. Leaves narrowly lanceolate to ovate or elliptic, more or less hairy with conspicuous veins. Inflorescences initially axillary, joining into large, often branched scorpioid cymes. Flowers in hairy, broadly rounded bracts, white to purple.
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Habitat: In a wide variety of habitats, particularly in disturbed soil.
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Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 24. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 17. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 19. as Monechma debile


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Justicia bracteata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154610, retrieved 29 May 2016

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