Justicia linearispica C.B. Clarke

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Justicia linearispica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Justicia linearispica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Justicia linearispica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

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Status: Native
Perennial herb with several erect to somewhat scrambling stems up to 60 cm long, growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves opposite, sessile, lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, 1.5-6 cm long, usually hairless, rarely velvety on the midrib and veins. Flowers in terminal spike-like inflorescences up to 11 cm long, often more laxly flowered below, more densely so towards the top. Calyx 4-7 mm long with pointed, lanceolate to narrowly triangular lobes. Corolla 8-12 mm long, white, with or without pink lines on the lower lip; upper lip 4-6 mm long; lower lip spreading or deflexed, 6-8 mm long. Capsule 9-11 mm long, finely velvety.
Derivation of specific name: linearispica: with a linear spike, referring to the long and narrow inflorescence.
Habitat: A pyrophyte in montane grassland, woodland and sometimes persisting in plantations or cultivated fields.
Altitude range: 1300 - 2400 m
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi,Zambia and Angola.
Malawi distribution: N,C
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Content last updated: Friday 7 September 2018

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.

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Page 182.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 19.

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Flora of Zambia: Justicia linearispica

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

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 linearispica.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=222860, retrieved 15 April 2024

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