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Smooth Justicia   
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Smooth Justicia
P Native Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Smooth Justicia
Botanical name: Justicia glabra    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Rhaphidospora glabra, Gendarussa abyssinica

Smooth Justicia is a herb with a woody rootstock but annual stems. Leaves are 7-10 x 4-6.5 cm, broadly ovate, tip pointed, base rounded or wedge-shaped, upper stalkless; leaf-stalk 3 cm. Flowers are borne in panicles in leaf-axils and at branch-ends, up to 15 cm long, glandular velvet-hairy; bracts and bracteoles 1.5 mm, linear; sepals 4 mm, lanceshaped, puberulus; flower tube to 4 mm, velvet-hairy, two-lipped, upper 5 mm, lower 8 mm, white with reddish blotches; filaments 4 mm; ovary 1.5 mm, style 6 mm, hairy. Smooth Justicia is found in South India and Tropical Africa. Flowering: December-February.

Identification credit: Anurag Sharma Photographed in Savandurga, Karnataka.

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