Golden Plume
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Golden Plume
P Introduced Photo: Aarti Khale
Common name: Golden Plume, Hairy Yellow-Headed Justicia
Botanical name: Justicia croceochlamys    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Golden Plume is an evergreen shrub that grows 0.8-1.5 m tall. Flowers are cream to pale yellow and tubular. The inflorescence consists of several flowers surrounded by a dense clump of yellow, hair-like bracts and sepals, 10 cm long. Inflorescence is a thyrse (the youngest flowers being at the top of the inflorescence axis). Opposite leaves are ovate to lanceshaped with entire or wavy leaf margin, with pinnate venation is clearly visible. Leaves are stalked, measuring 8-18.5 cm long and 2.7-8 cm wide, base wedge-shaped to heart-shaped, rarely rounded; tip pointed to narrowed; smooth surface. Young stems are nearly square, smooth or slightly hairy. Fruits are capsules, measuring 1.2-1.5 cm long and contain only a few seeds. The native range of this species is SE Colombia.

Identification credit: Kai-Philipp Schablewski Photographed in Dattaji Salvi Udyan, Thane, Maharashtra.

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