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Strobilanthes sinuata


Strobilanthes sinuata J.R.I.Wood

Family Name: Acanthaceae
Synonyms: Ruellia repanda, Hemigraphis repanda
Common Name: Dragon's Tongue


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Shrub
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Peninsular Malaysia

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a small plant up to 15 cm tall.
Foliage Its leaves are grass-like and have attractive dark purple color with a crinkled texture.
Flowers Its flowers are small and white, giving a nice contrast to the dark leaves.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Groundcover, Container Planting

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Rootzone Tolerance Well-Drained Soils
Propagation Method Seed


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Purple
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) White

Image Repository



Master ID 794
Species ID 2089
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Species record last updated on: 14 October 2021.