Common name: Shrubby Whitevein
Botanical name: Sanchezia speciosa Family: Acanthaceae (Barleria family)
Shrubby Whitevein is a semiwoody evergreen shrub growing up to 6-8 ft with
smooth bright green or purple stems, large variegated leaves and colorful
flowers. The leaves are up to a foot in length, opposite on the stems and
marked with prominent, well defined yellow or ivory veins, which gives it
its common name. The tubular flowers are yellow with red bracts, about 2 in
long and borne in spikes of 6-10, at the end of branches. It blooms almost
throughout most of the year.
Shrubby Whitevein is native to northeastern Peru and Equador where it grows
in the humid understory of tropical rainforests.
Identification credit: Priyanka Goel