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Asystasia gangetica

Asystasia gangetica

(Chinese Violet)




Asystasia gangetica

Common name

Chinese Violet

Flower colour(s); life form

White to mauve; herb


Cairns, Townsville


This herb is an invasive weed, spreads by rooting at the nodes as well as by seed, may be decumbent or erect, and may extend for up to 3 m. Leaves ovate to orbicular about 5 x 4 cm. Flowers irregular in shape, bell-shaped, corolla 3-4 cm long, colour varies from white through to purple. Subspecies ‘gangetica’ is commonly found in moist areas of North Queensland.