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Justicia brandegeeana (shrimp plant)

Justicia brandegeeana is commonly known as shrimp plant because of the colour and shrimp-like appearance of its inflorescence.
Pink shrimp-like flowers of shrimp plant

Justicia brandegeeana in the Botanischer Garten Freiburg, Germany

Species information

Scientific name: 

Justicia brandegeeana Wassh. & L.B.Sm.

Common name: 

shrimp plant

Conservation status: 

Not evaluated according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Semi-arid environments.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental, traditional medicine.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Asteranae
Order: 
Lamiales
Family: 
Acanthaceae
Genus: Justicia

About this species

There are around 600 species of Justicia distributed across the tropics and into the warmer parts of North America. Many are grown as ornamentals in tropical and subtropical gardens and as conservatory plants in temperate areas. The genus was named for James Justice (1698-1763), a passionate, though somewhat eccentric, Scottish horticulturist and writer.

Synonym: 

Beloperone guttata Brandegee, Calliaspidia guttata (Brandegee) Bremek., Drejerella guttata (Brandegee) Bremek.

Genus: 
Justicia

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