Stachytarpheta mutabilis

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Stachytarpheta mutabilis (Jacq.) Vahl
  • Synonyms : Verbena mutabilis Jacq.
  • Common Name : Pink Snake Weed, Red Porter Weed, Changeable Velvet Berry
  • Plant Family : Verbenaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Stachytarpheta mutabilis Plant :

  • Habit : A perennial herb with stems stout, branched, densely velvet-hairy or bristly throughout.
  • Leaves :
    • Opposite, thick and somewhat leathery, ovate to elliptic-oblong, upper surface similar to mint leaves and lower surface densely velvety.
    • Margins serrated with teeth angled forward, acute tip, base broadly wedge-shaped to heart-shaped.
  • Inflorescence :Terminal spikes, stout, densely bristly.
  • Flowers : Attractive, scarlet, crimson to rose or magenta, fading pink, occasionally purple, bracteate, bracts lance-shaped or oblong.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : August - November
  • Significance : Commonly cultivated in the gardens.