Justicia protracta (Nees) T. Anderson

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Justicia protracta

Photo: Bart Wursten
By rd from Tuli to Hwali River bridge

Justicia protracta

Photo: Bart Wursten
By rd from Tuli to Hwali River bridge

Justicia protracta

Photo: Bart Wursten
By rd from Tuli to Hwali River bridge

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Synonyms: Adhadota microphylla Klotzsch
Adhatoda protracta (Nees) Nees
Gendarussa protracta Nees
Gendarussa prunellaefolia Hochst.
Justicia kraussii C.B. Clarke
Justicia microphylla (Klotzsch) Lindau
Justicia pulegioides C.B. Clarke
Justicia striata (Klotzsch) Bullock subsp. melampyrum (S. Moore) J.K. Morton
Justicia striata (Klotzsch) Bullock var. filifolia (Lindau) J.K. Morton
Justicia woodii C.B. Clarke
Common names:
Status: Native
Somewhat scrambling shrubby perennial herb, usually up to c. 1 m tall, rarely taller. Leaves opposite, variable from narrowly lanceolate to broadly ovate, up to 7 cm long, with short to long hairs, often glandular on the margins. Flowers in axillary clusters. Corolla 6-10 mm long, white, usually with mauve lines on the base of the lower lip.
Derivation of specific name: protracta: extended, possibly referring to the long branches of this species; plants may reach up to 2 m.
Habitat: In sandy and gravelly soils in open deciduous woodland, grassland and riverine scrub.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 8 June 2010

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

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 23.

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 199 - 200.

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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Flora of Malawi: Justicia protracta
Flora of Mozambique: Justicia protracta

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

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 protracta.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154540, retrieved 30 May 2024

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