Ruellia simplex (syn. Ruellia tweediana)

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Ruellia simplex (syn. Ruellia tweediana)

(Mexican Petunia)

FAMILY

Acanthaceae

Species

Ruellia simplex was previously known as R. tweediana

Common name

Mexican Petunia

Flower colour; life form

Flowers purple, mauve, funnel-shaped; erect herb to about 1 m tall

Distinguishing features

Introduced from South America, spreads vegetatively as well as from seeds. Leaves opposite, narrow to 14 cm long. Flowers funnel-shaped, petals fused lobes spreading, mauve to purple. Fruit a capsule to 2.5 cm long, at maturity, seeds released explosively.

Scan of Ruellia tweediana