Common name: Santapau's Justicia
Botanical name: Justicia santapaui Family: Acanthaceae (Barleria family)
Synonyms: Justicia montana, Justicia andersonii
Erect herbs or undershrubs. Leaves opposite, elliptic-lanceolate, apex
acute, narrowed at base, petiole 1-4 cm long. Flowers clustered in
paniculate spikes 15-35 cm, at the end of branches. Lower cluster are
farther apart from each other as compared to the upper ones.
Flowers to 2.5 cm long, white, with pink streaks. Sepals 5, lance-like,
hairy. Flowers 2-lipped, velvet-hairy; tube to 1 cm long ; 3-lobed ;
Stamens 2 ; filaments dilated below, anther cells unequal, spurred. Ovary
2-locule ; ovules 2 in each locule ; style erect, hairy below ; stigma
bilobed. Capsule 2.5 cm long, clavate, pubescent ; seeds 4, rugose. Flowering: December-February.
Identification credit: Prashant Awale
|Photographed in Maharashtra.|