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Ruellia sp?

Ruellia of unknown species, Acanthaceae, photo © Michael Plagens

Observed blooming a rocky, grazed hillside near Eldoret, Kenya, Africa. December 2012.

LEAVES: The opposite leaves are broadly elyptical, mostly blunt-tipped, rather thick, and mostly free of 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, purple, bilaterally symetrical. Darker purple guides into throat of the tubular flower.

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 springs open when the seeds are ripe and ready to be dispersed.


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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 8 March 2013