Hypoestes aristata (Vahl) Sol. ex Roem. & Schult. APNI*
Synonyms: Hypoestes antennifera S.Moore APNI*
Description: Perennial herb or subshrub to 1 m. Branches usually hairy, the hairs in longitudinal bands.
Leaves broadly ovate to lanceolate, lamina 3–13 cm long, 1.5–9 cm wide, apex ± acuminate, base attenuate, margins ± entire, both surfaces usually sparsely hairy; petiole up to 6 cm long.
Inflorescences axillary, flowers appearing clustered due to shortening of branches; involucre 5–9 mm long. Calyx shorter than involucre. Corolla pink to mauve-violet or purple except for centre band of upper lip white with crowded purple markings; tube c. 2 cm long; lips 6–14 mm long.
Capsule 8–12 mm long, glabrous.
Flowering: May – August
Distribution and occurrence: Frequently cultivated, naturalised at several sites in NSW: Cumberland State Forest, Kincumber and north of Taree. Native of southern Africa. NSW: NC, CC. Qld.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by D.M. Crayn (2004)
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