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5. Justicia diffusa Willd., Sp. Pl. 1: 87. 1797. Clarke in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 4: 538. 1885; Cooke, l.c. 489; Bamber, Punj. Pl. 170. 1916; Stewart, l.c. 676; Hara in Hara et at., Enum. Fl. Pl. Nepal 3:142. 1982.


  • Justicia procumbens* L.
  • Rostellaria diffusa (Willd.) Nees

    A much branched, basally ± woody, 30-50 cm tall herb with striate, ± quadrangular, sparsely hairy twigs. Leaves with 4-10 mm long petioles; lamina elliptic-lanceolate, 2-4 x 1-2 cm, entire, glabrescent on vein and margin, base and apex ± acute, cystoliths irregularly scattered, lineolate. Inflorescene terminal or axillary, erect up to 6 (-12) cm long, narrow spike. Flowers small, c. 6-8 mm long pink or pale-purple; bracts ovate, c. 2-3 mm long, glabrous, acute-acuminate with scarious margins; bracteoles shorter than calyx lobes. Calyx 4-lobed to near the base, lobes lanceolate, 3-3.5 mm long, ± equal margins glabrous, scarious, acute. Corolla 5-6 mm long, slightly hairy outside, tube c. 3.5 mm long, upper lip c. 2 mm long, emarginate, lower lip broad, c. 4.5 mm long, 3-lobed. Staminal filaments c. 2 mm long. Ovary glabrous with filiform, c. 3 mm long hairy style. Capsule oblong, c. 4-5 mm long, glabrous. Seeds ovate, minutely papillate.

    Fl. Per.: April-August.

    Type: Habitat in India, Klein 724 (B-Herb. Will.).

    Distribution: Pakistan (N.W.F.P., Punjab), India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand Sri Lanka.


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