Acanthus ebracteatus Valh

[From Greek, akantha = thorn and Latin, ebracteatus = without bracts]

Common names: Sea holly; jeruju hitam (Malay); daruju (Javanese); nguek-pla-mor (Thai).

Physical description: It is a prickly herb of the tidal mangroves of the Asia-Pacific. Leaves: stiff, oblong, simple, sub-opposite and exstipulate. The petiole is 1.5cm long. The blade is 12cm-18cm x 4cm-6 cm, leathery, lobed, dark green and glossy. The flowers are arranged in terminal and upright spikes of 20cm long. The sepals are broad and round. The corolla is bifid, 2.5 cm long, the lower lip broad, curved downward, whitish with a blue central bar. The andrecium consists of 4 stamens. The fruits are capsular, 2 cm long, brown and enclose 4 large seeds (Fig. 319).

319. Acanthus ebracteatus

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319. Acanthus ebracteatus

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