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Justicia gendarussa

Acanthaceae (acanthus or ruellia family) » Justicia gendarussa

 

jus-TEE-see-ah -- named for James Justice, Scottish botanist and horticulturist

¿ gen-duh-RUS-sah ? -- ¿ Latinized form of vernacular name of the plant ?

 

commonly known as: willow-leaved justicia • Assamese: tita-bahak • Bengali: বাকস bakas, বাসা basa • Hindi: अडूसा adusa, बाकस bakas, बासा basa, नीली निर्गुण्ठी nili nirgunthi, वाशा vasha • Kannada: ಕರಿ ಲಕ್ಕಿ kari lakki • Malayalam: കറു നൊച്ചി karu nochchi • Marathi: बाकस bakas, काळा अडुळसा kala adulasa • Oriya: nila nirgundi • Sanskrit: कसनः kasanah, वैध्यसिंहा vaidyasinha • Tamil: சேபாலிகை cepalikai, கருநொச்சி karu-nocci, காவி kavi, கோபி kopi, வாடாக்கொடி vata-k-koti, வாடைக்குற்றி vataikkurri • Telugu: గంధరసము gandharasamu, నల్లవావిలి nallavaavili, నీలనిర్గుండి niilanirgundi • Urdu: اڙوسا adusa, باکس bakas, باسا basa

 

Distribution: China, Malaya, Philippines, Malacca, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan

  

... though the possibility of this species being native to China is expressed, strangely, none of the important sites on the internet have quoted Chinese name of this plant !!

 

Almost tempted to consider it being native to Indian or Malay peninsulas.

  

References: Flowers of IndiaGlobinmedeFlora

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Taken on February 18, 2009