Justicia subcordatifolia Vollesen & I.Darbysh.

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Justicia subcordatifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to Mtarazi Falls, Nyanga

Justicia subcordatifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to Mtarazi Falls, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Justicia hedrenii Vollesen
Justicia sp. B sensu Hedrèn
Common names:
Frequency: Fairly local
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb with erect or decumbent stems up to 60 cm long, growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves opposite, quite broadly ovate, 1-2.6 cm long, cordate at the base, finely pubescent. Flowers solitary or in pairs in the upper leaf axils, white to mauve, with or without a herringbone pattern on the lower lip. Capsule 7-9 mm long, finely pubescent.
Notes: Specimens of the species have been long known and were previously labeled a sp. B sensu Hedrèn. It has only been formally described very recently (2015) in the 2nd part of the Flora Zambesiaca volume on Acanthaceae (Vollesen in FZ 8-6, 2015: 201).
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Montane grassland and rocky outcrops, sometimes along roadsides.
Altitude range: (metres) 1400 - 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Known from the Mutare-Nyanga area in eastern Zimbabwe and possibly Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 18 August 2015
Literature:

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 79. As Justicia subcordatifolia

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 201 - 202. Protologue

Hedrén, M. (1989). Justicia sect. Harnieria (Acanthaceae) in Tropical Africa Acta. Univ. Ups. Symb. Bot. Ups. 29(1) Page 111. as Justicia sp. B


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Justicia subcordatifolia
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Justicia subcordatifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Justicia subcordatifolia
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Justicia subcordatifolia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154600, retrieved 31 January 2023

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