Ruellia prostrata?

typical Ruellia type fruit of unknown acanthaceae, possibly Ruellia prostrata, photo © Michael Plagens

Observed blooming in a grazed pasture near Eldoret, Kenya, Africa. January 2012.

LEAVES: The opposite leaves are elliptical, rather thick, and beset with stiff pubescence.

HERBACEOUS: Herbaceous growth very low and essentially prostrate on ground. This character might have been due in part to heavy grazing pressure.

FLOWERS: Small, pale, bilaterally symmetrical.

RANGE: One of several species of Ruellia found in grazing areas in the vicinity of Eldoret, in the Rift Valley at 1900 m elevation.

FRUIT: A two-valved, flattened capsule that springs open when the seeds are ripe and ready to be dispersed.


More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 12 July 2012,
updated 8 March 2013