Five-Angled Justicia
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Five-Angled Justicia
P Native Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Five-Angled Justicia
Botanical name: Justicia quinqueangularis    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Rostellularia quinqueangularis

Five-Angled Justicia is a prostrate herb, rooting at nodes, branches slender, 4-angled. Leaves are opposite, 1.5-3 x 0.2-0.4 cm, rough, linear-oblong or linear-lanceshaped, pointed at tip, wedge-shaped at base; leaf-stalk to 3 mm long. Flowers are pink borne in spikes up to 7 cm long, at branch-ends. Bracts are 4 mm long, linear, blunt, margins scarious; bracteoles similar to bracts but narrow. Calyx is deeply 4-partite, linear, blunt, margin scarious. Flowers are 8 mm long, hairless; upper lip 4 mm long, 2-fid; lower lip 5 mm long and broad, nearly round, minutely 3-lobed. Capsules are 8 mm long, oblong, pointedly pointed at tip, hairless. Five-Angled Justicia is found throughout India. Flowering: August-December.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in JNU Campus, Delhi.

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