Odontonema callistachyum (Cham. & Schltdl.) Kuntze

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Odontonema callistachyum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Blue Kerry, Harare

Odontonema callistachyum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Blue Kerry, Harare

Odontonema callistachyum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Blue Kerry, Harare

Odontonema callistachyum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Blue Kerry, Harare

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Synonyms: Ecbolium corymbulosum (Bertol.) Kuntze
Justicia callistachya Kuntze
Thyrsacanthus callistachyus (Schltdl. & Cham.) Nees
Common names: Purple firespike (English)
Description: Shrub up to 4.5 m tall. Leaves narrowly to broadly elliptic, 10-35 cm long; apex acuminate. Inflorescence a terminal racemose panicle, 17-40 cm long. Corolla weakly 2-lipped, 1.5-4 cm long, purplish-pink. Upper lip shallowly 2-lobed; lower lip 3-lobed, bent downwards.
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Derivation of specific name: callistachyum: from Greek, calli meaning beautiful and stachys a spike, referring to the inflorescence.
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Worldwide distribution: Native to Central America
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Literature:

Baum, V.M. (1982). A Revision of the genus Odontonema (Acanthaceae) MSc Thesis Pages 35 - 42. (Includes a picture).

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Page 4.

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Flora of Malawi: cultivated Odontonema callistachyum
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Odontonema callistachyum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Odontonema callistachyum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Odontonema callistachyum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Odontonema callistachyum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Odontonema callistachyum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Odontonema callistachyum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Odontonema callistachyum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Odontonema callistachyum
iNaturalist: Odontonema callistachyum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Odontonema callistachyum
JSTOR Plant Science: Odontonema callistachyum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Odontonema callistachyum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Odontonema callistachyum
Plants of the World Online: Odontonema callistachyum
Tropicos: Odontonema callistachyum
Wikipedia: Odontonema callistachyum


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Odontonema callistachyum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=163210, retrieved 25 November 2020

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