Hypoestes aristata (Vahl) Roem. & Schult.

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Hypoestes aristata

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Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Hypoestes aristata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Hypoestes verticillaris (L.f.) Roem. & Schult.
Justicia aristata Vahl
Common names: Ribbon bush (English)
Frequency: Locally common in high rainfall areas
Status: Native
Perennial herb or subshrub, to 3 m tall according to FZ but typically much smaller in the flora area. Leaves opposite, petiolate, ovate, 2-20 cm long, green, without any colourful markings. Inflorescences of dense whorls, borne in the upper axils and at the stem apex. Calyx 4-lobed. Corolla white, pink, purple or red, with darker markings on the ‘upper’ lip.
Derivation of specific name: aristata: bearing a long bristle-like point; aristate.
Habitat: Occurs in a variety of habitats, usually in fairly moist areas.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Mar - Aug
Worldwide distribution: Tropical and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
Growth form(s):
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Images last updated: Saturday 22 March 2008

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 194. (Includes a picture).

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 132 - 133. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 48. as Hypoestes aristata aristata and Hypoestes aristata alba (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 33. As Hypoestes aristata aristata

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 19.

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 298 - 299.

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.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 23.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 34.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 194.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 72.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 87.

Other sources of information about Hypoestes aristata:

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Flora of Caprivi: Hypoestes aristata
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Hypoestes aristata
Flora of Malawi: Hypoestes aristata
Flora of Mozambique: Hypoestes aristata
Flora of Zambia: Hypoestes aristata
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Hypoestes aristata

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hypoestes aristata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Hypoestes aristata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hypoestes aristata
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Hypoestes aristata
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iNaturalist: Hypoestes aristata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hypoestes aristata
JSTOR Plant Science: Hypoestes aristata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hypoestes aristata
Plants of the World Online: Hypoestes aristata
Tropicos: Hypoestes aristata
Wikipedia: Hypoestes aristata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Hypoestes aristata.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154280, retrieved 25 June 2024

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