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Caricature Plant   
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Caricature Plant
Introduced Shrub
Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Caricature Plant, Jamaican Croton • Konkani: Kala adulsa, Pandhara adulsa
Botanical name: Graptophyllum pictum    Family: Acanthaceae (Barleria family)
Synonyms: Justicia picta

Native to New Guinea, caricature plant is a tropical evergreen shrub that will grow to 6-9 ft tall. Container plants typically grow as rounded 2-4 ft tall plants. Caricature plant is primarily grown for its variegated foliage. Oval to elliptic leaves (to 6 in long) are deep green varyingly blotched with cream along the mid-veins. Terminal clusters of red to purple-red tubular flowers with protruding stamens bloom in summer. The clusters are 3-4 in long. Flowers often do not appear on container plants, particularly if stems are regularly pinched to promote new foliage growth.
Photographed in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Identification credit: Dinesh Valke