Justicia anselliana?

Justicia species, Acanthaceae, photo © Michael Plagens

Observed growing in the shady understory of a stream-side secondary forest on the Kongelai Escarpment, Kenya, Africa. July 2014.

LEAVES: Lance-shaped, blunt-tipped leaves are opposite on the stems. Margins are smooth. Minimal pubescence.

HERBACEOUS: Herbaceous growth from a base that might be woody and reaching mostly only 20 cm tall with a number of clustered stems.

FLOWERS: Two-lipped, pale blue flowers are subtended by bristle-tipped bracts.

RANGE: One of several species of Justicia found in highland areas of Kenya and Rift Valley. Moist, shady habitats..

FRUIT: Two-valved, capsules.


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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 3 April 2015