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  Stachytarpheta australis Moldenke
  Family Name : Verbenaceae

  Common Names : Branched Porterweed

 
Branched Porterweed
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Perennial
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Mexico, Central America, Carribean and South America, Peru and Argentina
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Tropical
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: A perennial shrub, growing to about 0.4 m to 1.5 m tall. 
      Foliage: Leaves are ovate to elliptic, 2 - 9 cm long and 1 - 5 cm wide, hairy on upperside of leaves, smooth to hairy on the veins underneath, leaf margin crenate to dentate, petiole 1 - 1.5 cm long. 
      Stems: Sometimes woody at the base, smooth to shortly pubescent. 
      Flowers: Flowers are white, sometimes pale blue, clustered in spike inflorescence of about 20 - 45 cm long, located terminally.
      Cultivation :
      Plant in a well-drained, fertile soil, enriched with compost. Remove spent flowers before they set seed to prevent excessive establishment of new seedlings. 
      Etymology :
      The genus Stachytarpheta comes from Greek, for spike "stachys" and thick "tarphys". It refers to the spike inflorescence found in many species of this genus. 
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      None
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Flowerbed / Border
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Butterfly Garden
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
      Butterfly Food Plant, Bee-Attracting
      Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Moderate
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Stem Cutting
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Evergreen
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green
      Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) :
      Green
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Opposite
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage
      Foliar Venation :
      Pinnate / Net
      Foliar Margin :
      Dentate
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Acute
      Foliar Base :
      Acute
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      White
      FlowerTexture(s) :
      Smooth
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Symmetry :
      Bilateral
      Individual Flower Shape :
      Salverform
      Inflorescence Type :
      Spike
      Flowering Period :
      Free-Flowering
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Indehiscent Dry Fruit

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