Justicia nuttii C.B. Clarke

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Justicia nuttii

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Mporokoso District, Kalungwishi Headwaters at Lipangala (Mipangala) confluence.

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Synonyms: Justicia goetzei Lindau
Justicia nuttii C.B. Clarke var. blantyrensis C.B. Clarke
Justicia schliebenii Mildbr.
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Status: Native
Perennial herb with 1 to several erect to decumbent sparsely to densely hairy stems from a creeping, sometimes branched rhizome. Leaves ovate, elliptic to oblong, rarely lanceolate, 1.5-5 cm long, usually more or less densely hairy above, mainly on the veins beneath; petiole 1-5 mm long. Flowers in axillary secund (only 1 bract at each node supporting a flower) spike-like, 2(3)-flowered inflorescences. Calyx with linear lobes, 4-14 mm long, hairless or puberulous. Corolla white, sometimes with faint mauve markings on the lower lip. Capsule 9-13 mm long, pubescent in the upper half.
Derivation of specific name: nuttii: In honour of W.H. Nutt, who collected in the Lake Tanganyika area in the 1890s
Habitat: Montane grassland, bushland or woodland
Altitude range: 1200 - 2200 m
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Mozambique distribution: T
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 51.

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 192 - 193.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Justicia nuttii.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=222890, retrieved 22 April 2024

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