Justicia phyllostachys C.B. Clarke

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Justicia phyllostachys

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, below the dam wall, Harare

Justicia phyllostachys

Photo: Bart Wursten
Val D'Or

Justicia phyllostachys

Photo: Bart Wursten
Val D'Or

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Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Erect perennial herb, growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves opposite, lanceolate. Flowers in the leaf axils. It is superficially similar to Justicia elegantula, which is a mostly prostrate, cushion-forming species with larger flowers, slightly obovate leaves, and the stems and leaves covered in long spreading hairs.
Derivation of specific name: phyllostachys: leafy spike (i.e. a leafy inflorescence)
Habitat: Occurring in woodland, grassland and near the edges of vleis.
Altitude range: (metres) 800 - 1600 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
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Images last updated: Tuesday 8 June 2010

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 51.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 35.

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 205 - 206.

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, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Justicia phyllostachys.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154530, retrieved 24 May 2024

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