Brillantaisia kirungae ?

Acanthaceae, possibly Justicia sp., from Kakamega Forest, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed along a partially shaded path through Kakamega Forest, Kenya, Africa. December 2014.

The flowers of Brillantaisia are unique - the two upper petals are fused into a hood like appendage. The tube is short and the throat widely spread open at anthesis.

forest acanthaceae, Brillantaisia kirungae ?, from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Acanthaceae -- Acanthus Family

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Kenya Natural History

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