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Strobilanthes anisophyllus


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Shrub
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Madagascar and India
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Non-native

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form An erect and bushy herbaceous plant, able to grow up to about 1.5 m tall and 0.8 wide.
Foliage Dark purplish green leaves, opposite, lanceolate and slightly toothed margins, measuring about 11 cm long by 2 cm wide, foliage tends to be unequal in size.
Flowers Light purple flowers are in a cone-shaped inflorescence, measuring up to about 5 cm long.
Fruits Fruit is a capsule, measuring about 7 - 10 mm long, surface glandular and hairy.
Etymology Genus Strobilanthes is derived from two Greek words  - "strobilos"which means cone and  "anthos" which means flower, and refers to the plant's inflorescence. Species anisophyllus refers to the plant with leaves that are oblique at the base.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Fast
Propagation Method Seed, Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Purple
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Opposite
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Apex - Tip Acuminate

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Purple
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Axillary

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Master ID 30581
Species ID 4890
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Species record last updated on: 15 October 2021.