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Common name: Goldfussia
Strobilanthes anisophyllus (G.Lodd.) T.Anderson APNI*
Synonyms: Goldfussia anisophylla (G.Lodd.) Nees ex Wall. APNI*
Ruellia anisophylla G.Lodd. APNI*
Description: Shrub to c. 1.5 m high; stems prominently ridged, often square in cross section, glabrous, nodes swollen.
Leaves opposite, glabrous, strongly unequal in size, the smaller leaf often deciduous and leaves appearing alternate; narrowly ovate to lanceolate, up to c. 11 cm long and c. 2 cm wide, margins shallowly toothed, upper surface darker green than lower surface, both surfaces with numerous linear cystoliths, more prominent above due to darker leaf colour; petiole up to 8 mm long.
Inflorescences axillary, of long-pedunculate cymes forming panicles, up to 5 cm long; pedicels c. 1 mm long; bracts usually 2–3 mm long, occasionally leaf-like. Sepals 5–8 mm long, united at base, glandular-hairy, reddish, tipped purple. Corolla mauve, glabrous; tube purple veined, c. 2 cm long; lips c. 5 mm long.
Capsule 7–10 mm long, glandular hairy.
Flowering: Spring to autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: Naturalised on the central coast and in SE Queensland.
NSW subdivisions: *CC
Text by D.M. Crayn
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