Justicia tenella (Nees) T. Anderson

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Justicia tenella

Photo: Mark Hyde
Edge of golf course, Aberfoyle Lodge

Justicia tenella

Photo: Mark Hyde
Edge of golf course, Aberfoyle Lodge

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Synonyms: Anisostachya tenella (Nees) Lindau
Rostellaria tenella Nees
Rostellularia tenella Nees
Common names:
Status: Native
More or less erect branched annual herb, 10 - 45 cm tall. Leaves opposite, elliptic-ovate, petiolate. Inflorescences in the upper leaf axils, spike-like, each flower held in pale greenish-white overlapping bracts. corolla, c. 2 mm long, white with purple markings on both upper and lower lip.
Derivation of specific name: tenella: very soft, tender
Habitat: Mainly in weedy disturbed situations.
Altitude range: Up to 850 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and Madagascar.
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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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 188 - 189. (Includes a picture).

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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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Justicia tenella
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Justicia tenella.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154580, retrieved 13 April 2024

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