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Pakistan | Family List | Acanthaceae | Graptophyllum

Graptophyllum pictum (L.) Griff., Not. Pl. Asiat. 4: 139. 1854. Bailey, Man. Cult. Pl. 922. 1949; Hortus Third, 523. 1976; Durkee in Woodson et al., Fl. Panama in Ann. Mo. Bot. Gard. 65:199. fig. 11.1978.


  • Graptophyllum hortense (L.) Nees
  • Justicia picta L.

    An erect, up to 2.5 (-3) m tall shrub. Leaves shortly petiolate, ovate-elliptic, 10-20 x 5-12 cm, glabrous, purplish or green mottled with yellow, basally attenuate, entire, acuminate-acute. Flowers dark purple or crimson, c. 4.5-5 cm long; pedicels c. 5 mm long; in terminal panicles of cymes; peduncle sparingly puberulous; bracts and bracteoles inconspicuous. Calyx lobes linear, c. 3-4 mm long. Corolla glabrous externally, glandular-pubescent within, c. 2 cm across, tube narrow cylindrical, c. 1.5 cm long, upper lip erect, lower lip reflexed. Stamens exserted, attached at the throat of tube, filaments c. 5 mm long; staminodes linear, c. 1.5 mm long, Ovary oblong, c. 2.5 mm long; style c. 2.5 cm long.

    Fl. Per.: Throughout the year.

    Type: Herb. Linn. 28.5 (LINK.).

    Distribution: Probably a native of New Guinea (Bailey, l.c.); introduced and cultivated elsewhere.


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