Prostrate Justicia
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Prostrate Justicia
A Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Prostrate Justicia
Botanical name: Justicia prostrata    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Justicia diffusa var. prostrata, Rostellularia prostrata

Prostrate Justicia is a prostrate herb with stem angled, velvet-hairy. Leaves are opposite, ovate to nearly round, 7-13 x 6-8 mm, rounded-wedge-shaped at base, entire at margin, blunt to somewhat pointed at tip, velvet-hairy along the nerves beneath. leaf-stalk 2 mm long. Flowers are borne in spikes at branch-ends, up to 2 cm long. Flowers are about 7 mm long, pale pink, 2-lipped, tube 2 mm long, lower lip 3-lobed, ovate, upper lip broadly obovate, hairless. Bract are lanceshaped, 3.5 mm long, membernous, rough along the margin; bracteoles linear, 2 mm long, membranous, rough along the margin. Calyx is 4-partite, erect, sepals linear-subulate, 3.5 mm long, fringed with hairs at margin.Capsules are oblong, 2.5 mm long, bristly-hairy; seeds 2-4, obovoid, minutely papillose. Prostrate Justicia is foun in Peninsular India and Sri Lanka.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed at the outskirts of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

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