Justicia bequaertii De Wild.

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Justicia bequaertii

Miombo woodland
Solwezi, Solwezi Distr.
Oct 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Justicia bequaertii

Miombo woodland
Solwezi, Solwezi Distr.
Oct 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Justicia bequaertii

Miombo woodland
Solwezi, Solwezi Distr.
Oct 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Justicia praecox (Milne-Redh.) Milne-Redh.
Monechma praecox Milne-Redh.
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Suffrutescent pyrophytic herb with several erect unbranched stems (mostly inflorescences) to 50 cm tall from a large woody rootstock, flowering when leafless, rarely with very young leaves; stems distinctly longitudinally striate and furrowed, subglabrous to puberulous, rarely pubescent; leaves sparsely pubescent with broad glossy hairs when young, soon glabrescent, glandular punctate, petiole to 1 cm long, narrowly ovate, narrowly elliptic or oblong, largest c. 6.5 × 2.2 cm, apex acute to obtuse and base cuneate to attenuate; flowers solitary or in 2(3)-flowered cymules in elongated terminal racemiform cymes, unbranched or with lateral cymes from lower nodes thus forming a loose panicle to 35 cm long, lateral cymes to 20 cm long, peduncle and nodes to 5(10) cm long, subglabrous to puberulous; calyx 3.5–6 mm long, ciliate or sparsely so to uniformly puberulous, lobes lanceolate, acuminate; corolla white, rarely with purple patches on lower lip, 8–11 mm long, puberulous; tube 4–6 mm long and 2–3 mm diameter, upper lip 4–5 mm long, hooded, lower lip deflexed, 4–5 mm long, deeply 3-lobed, lobes elliptic-oblong; capsule 2-seeded, 3.2–3.5 cm long, glabrous; seeds not compressed, reniform, densely tuberculate, c.8 mm long.
Type location:
DRC (Katanga)
Notes: Red Data list status: fairly widespread; not threatened
Derivation of specific name: bequaertii: after Joseph Charles Corneille Bequaert, a Belgian-American botanist, entomologist and malacologist who collected the type specimen
Habitat: Brachystegia and chipya woodland and dambos, appearing after burning
Altitude range: 1000 - 1500 m
Flowering time:Aug - Jan
Worldwide distribution: DRC (Katanga) and Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 3 December 2022

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 176 - 177.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Justicia bequaertii
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Justicia bequaertii
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Justicia bequaertii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=222830, retrieved 24 September 2023

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