Plants photographed on Kyffhäuser
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Justicia leucodermis Schinz

Justicia leucodermis

Flower and leaves

Family: Acanthaceae
Full name: Justicia leucodermis Schinz
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): -
English common name(s): -
Synonym(s): Monechma leucoderme (Schinz) C.B. Clarke
Status: Native
Description: Suffrutex or much-branched shrublet up to 0.35 m high, rounded or cushion-like, occasionally diffuse, old plants very gnarled, bark white, becoming grey with age. Branches hairy when young, becoming glabrous and polished, pale grey, creamy or white. Leaves petiolate, glabrous or with short hairs and often with glands, elliptic, ovate or obovate, 8-10(-15) mm long, apex obtuse or acute, thin in texture; petiole up to 4 mm long. Flowers solitary. Bracteoles narrow, 3 mm long at an thesis. Calyx hairy and/or glandular, lobes like bracteoles, 5 mm long, lengthening in fruit. Corolla 10-11 mm long, purple, mauve or white. Capsule minutely hairy, 7-8 mm long. Seeds (immature) more or less round, lenticular, 2 mm in diameter, brown. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora of Southern Africa)

Minutely puberulous; stem short, stout, branches many, 4–9 in. long; leaves 0.333 by 0.25 in., tip obtuse, triangular, base narrowed; petiole 0– 0.0833 in. long; flowers solitary, axillary; bracteoles 2, 0.167 in. long, linear; calyx 0.167 in. long, 5-partite to the base; segments linear, minutely pubescent, and in Schinz, 29, with gland-headed hairs; corolla scarcely 0.5 in. long; one anther-cell below the other, tailed; pollen ellipsoid with 2 stopples, bands and tubercles obscure; capsule 0.167– 0.2 in. long, ovoid, on a short narrow stalk, 2-seeded, puberulous to the base; seeds discoid, hard, brown, smooth, shining, blotched. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Capensis)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 04 Apr 2009
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/200 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 03 Oct 2022

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