Justicia brandegeana Wassh. & L.B.Sm.

Shrimp Plant

Evergreen shrub to about 1m tall. Leaves to about 7 cm long, ovate to elliptic, downy. Flower clusters in hanging spikes with prominent brownish red to pink overlapping bracts. Flowers white, 2-lipped, the lower lip with red markings, almost concealed by the bracts. [Beloperone guttata Brandeg.]


The plant from Peru formerly sold as the yellow cultivar 'Lutea' is now referred to Pachystachys lutea Nees.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Acanthaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Acanthaceae
genus        Justicia L.