Hypoestes phyllostachya Baker

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Hypoestes phyllostachya

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Hypoestes phyllostachya

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Hypoestes phyllostachya

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle Botanic Garden

Hypoestes phyllostachya

Photo: Mark Hyde
25, Trafalgar Avenue, Sentosa, Harare

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Synonyms: Hypoestes sanguinolenta auct.
Common names: Polka-dot plant (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Introduced
Shrubby perennial herb. Leaves variously spotted pink. Flowers axillary, deep pink, attractive but inconspicuous among the colourful foliage.
Notes: A garden plant, occasionally escaping into semi-wild areas but usually not far from gardens.
Derivation of specific name: phyllostachya: leafy spike (i.e. a leafy inflorescence).
Habitat: Disturbed places
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec-May
Worldwide distribution: Native of Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C
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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Hypoestes phyllostachya

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

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 phyllostachya.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154300, retrieved 27 February 2024

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