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Hypoestes floribunda R.Br.
Family Acanthaceae
Hypoestes floribunda R.Br. APNI*

Description: Perennial herb or subshrub 50–100 cm high; branches usually hairy or rarely ± glabrous.

Leaves ovate to lanceolate, 10–90 mm long, 4–25 mm wide, apex ± acuminate, margins ± entire, both surfaces usually hairy; petiole 5–15 mm long.

Inflorescences terminal or axillary; involucre 5–9 mm long, 1 or 2 at each node but sometimes clustered due to reduction of branches. Calyx shorter than involucre. Corolla tube 5–6 mm long, usually white; lips 6–14 mm long, pink or mauve, sometimes with darker purple and/or white areas on upper lip, rarely all white.

Capsule 9–12 mm long, glabrous or sometimes with hairy apex.


Photo © ANBG

Flowering: May–August

Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept:

 Key to the varieties 
1Involucres in long panicles, not clustered in axils, with short dense, glandular or non-glandular hairs and longer glandular hairs. Branches usually evenly hairyvar. floribunda
Involucres clustered in axils, commonly glabrous or with a few non-glandular hairs, rarely with long glandular hairs. Branches with hairs only on the ridgesvar. pubescens

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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