Justicia elegantula S. Moore

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Justicia elegantula

Picture: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park Nature Reserve, Harare

Justicia elegantula

Picture: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, nr the bridge

Justicia elegantula

Picture: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, nr the bridge

Justicia elegantula

Picture: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

Justicia elegantula

Picture: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

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Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, often much branched from the base with erect or prostrate annual stems to c.25 cm, from a stout woody rootstock. Young shoots with small succulent radical leaves. Leaves oblanceolate or lanceolate to broadly ovate. Flowers few together in leaf axils. Calyx lobes 5-9 mm at flowering stage. Corolla crimson to purple, 10.2-14.5 mm with a purple-white pattern at lower lip near throat. Capsule 5.5-8.2 mm, glabrous to densely hairy.
Type location:
Zimbabwe
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: elegantula: elegant, pretty
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Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,E,C,S,W
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Literature:

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

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 207 - 208.

Hedrén, M. (1990). The Justicia elegantula complex (Acanthaceae) in tropical Africa Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 103(3)

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.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 128, plate 169

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Flora of Malawi: Justicia elegantula
Flora of Mozambique: Justicia elegantula
Flora of Zimbabwe: Justicia elegantula

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Justicia elegantula
African Plant Database: Justicia elegantula
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Justicia elegantula
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Justicia elegantula
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Justicia elegantula
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Justicia elegantula
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Justicia elegantula
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Justicia elegantula
iNaturalist: Justicia elegantula
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Justicia elegantula
JSTOR Plant Science: Justicia elegantula
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Justicia elegantula
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Justicia elegantula
Plants of the World Online: Justicia elegantula
The Plant List (version 1.1): Justicia elegantula
Tropicos: Justicia elegantula
Wikipedia: Justicia elegantula


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Justicia elegantula.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154430, retrieved 17 September 2019

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