Justicia asystasioides (Lindau) M.E. Steiner

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Justicia asystasioides

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Lower slopes Mt Mabu

Justicia asystasioides

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Lower slopes Mt Mabu

Justicia asystasioides

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Lower slopes Mt Mabu

Justicia asystasioides

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Lower slopes Mt Mabu

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Synonyms: Duvernoia asystasioides Lindau
Justicia amabilis (Mildbr.) V.A.W. Graham
Justicia mildbraedii V.A.W.Graham
Thamnojusticia amabilis Mildbr.
Thamnojusticia grandiflora Mildbr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect or somewhat scrambling shrubby herb or shrub, up to 3m tall, rarely taller. Leaves opposite, often of unequal size, ovate to elliptic, 5-17 cm long, glossy dark green, more or less sparsely pubescent, sometimes only on midrib and veins, ciliate towards the base; margin entire. Flowers in lax, 3-20-flowered axillary inflorescences. Corolla 10-23 mm long, white with pink to purple markings on the lower lip; upper lip often slightly hooded; lower lip 3-lobed, mid-lobe much larger than side lobes. Capsule 19-27 mm long, hairless.
Derivation of specific name: asystasioides: resembling Asystasia, another genus in Acanthaceae.
Habitat: In the understorey of wet evergreen forest.
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique.
Malawi distribution: N
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Content last updated: Wednesday 8 October 2014

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2010). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Page 515.

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Page 171.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 22. As Thamnojusticia amabilis

Harris, T., Darbyshire, I. & Polhill, R. (2011). New species and range extensions from Mt Namuli, Mt Mabu and Mt Chiperone in northern Mozambique Kew Bulletin 66(2) Page 247.

Steiner, M.E. (1989). Two New Combinations in Justicia (Acanthaceae) from East Africa Kew Bulletin 44(4) Pages 709 - 710.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 72.

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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 asystasioides.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=199630, retrieved 14 April 2024

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