Strobilanthes japonica

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Strobilanthes japonica (Thunb.) Miq.

Acanthaceae

Life form: subshrub

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade  

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves:

Shape: elliptic

Division: simple

Shape: tubular
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

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Inflorescence: spike

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Lamiidae
Superordo:
Lamianae
Ordo:
Scrophulariales

Strobilanthes japonica is a subshrub.

Naming

Taxonomy

Strobilanthes japonica is a species in the genus Strobilanthes which contains approximately 38 to 537 species and belongs to the family of the Acanthaceae (Acanthus Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The subshrubs reach heights of 20 to 50 centimetres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Strobilanthes japonica has simple leaves that are opposite. The leaves are elliptic, crenate and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Strobilanthes japonica produces spikes of white tubular flowers from August to September.

In autumn the subshrubs carry loculicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Strobilanthes japonica is native to India, Indochina, China and Taiwan.

Cultivation

The subshrubs prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil.

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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