Justicia gendarussa

Justicia gendarussa Burm. f.

Family     : Acanthaceae

Common Name : കരുനൊച്ചി (Mal)

नीली नरगंधी(Hin)

                                Asian Water-willow(Eng)

Willow-Leaf Justicia is an erect, branched, smooth undershrub 0.8-1.5 m tall. The leaves are lance-shaped, 7-14 cm long, 1-2.5 cm wide, and pointed at the ends. The rather small flowers are borne in 4-12 cm long spikes, at the end of branches or in leaf axils.

Shrubs, branches dark purple, terete, smooth. Leaves opposite, 7-10 x 2 cm, linear or oblong-lanceolate, apex acute or obtuse, base acute, chartaceous, glabrous, lateral nerves 5-7 pairs, bluish; petiole 2-3 mm long. Spikes terminal, to 8 cm long, narrow; bracts linear, 4 mm long. Calyx lobes linear-lanceolate, 5 mm long. Corolla white with purple streaks, 1.5 cm long. Ovary and style puberulus. Capsule 12 mm long, glabrous.


Willow-Leaf Justicia is reputed for its beneficial effects in Respiratory disorders like cough, cold, bronchitis, throat infections, pulmonary infections and allergic disorders like bronchial asthma. It is assumed to possess greater medicinal value to yellow vasa plant or Adhatoda vasica.


Tropical Africa and Asia

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