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Sanchezia speciosa
Leonard, Acanthaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  yes

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Risk assessment results:  Low risk (based on second screen), score: 3 (Go to the risk assessment)

Other Latin names:  Sanchezia nobilis often misapplied; it is a separate species.

Common name(s): [more details]

English: sanchezia

French: sanchezia

Habit:  shrub

Description:  "Shrub to 3 m high with four-angled stemsLeaves simple, opposite, blade oblong to elliptic, 10-40 cm long, green or with yellow veins.  Flowers continuously through the year; flowers several, borne in clusters on an erect terminal spike sometimes divided at the base, with an ovate orange to red bract below each flower cluster.  Corolla of fused petals, tubular, 4.5-5.5 cm long with five short, rounded lobes, yellow to orange, bearing oblanceolate orange sepals half as long, two protruding stamens.  Fruit a narrowly cylindrical capsule, infrequently formed in cultivation"  (Whistler, 2000; pp. 408-409).

"Robust shrub 1-3 m high...; petioles stout, 1-4 cm long, winged nearly to base; leaf blades oblong, 10-45 x 5-15 cm, long-decurrent on petiole; bracts red to orange, greenish near base, ovate, 2.5-5.5 cm long; corolla rich yellow to orange, 4.5-5.5 cm long; stamens and style rich yellow"  (Smith, 1991; pp. 126-127).

"Grande herbacée ligneuse dressée, de 2 à 3 m de hauteur, reconnaissable à ses tiges carrées, ses grandes feuilles à nervures jaunâtres et ses inflorescences terminales portant des fleurs à long tube de couleur jaune-orange"  (Meyer, 2008; p. 38).

Habitat/ecology:  Forms thickets in moist areas.  In Fiji, "cultivated in gardens and also abundantly (but locally) naturalized along streams in dense forest at elevations from near sea level to about 200 m"  (Smith, 1991; pp. 126-127).

Propagation:  Vegetatively.

Native range:  "Likely originally from the wet forests of northern South America"  (Staples & Herbst, 2005; p. 92).

Presence:

Pacific
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
American Samoa
Tutuila Islands
Tutuila Island introduced
invasive
Space, James C./Flynn, Tim (2000) (p. 37)
Voucher: Flynn 6609 (PTBG)
American Samoa
Tutuila Islands
Tutuila Island   National Tropical Botanical Garden (U.S.A. Hawaii. Kalaheo.) (1999) (voucher ID: PTBG 299)
Taxon name on voucher: Sanchezia speciosa
Chile (offshore islands)
Rapa Nui (Easter) Island
Rapa Nui (Easter) Island (Isla de Pasqua) introduced
invasive
cultivated
Meyer, Jean-Yves (2008) (pp. 38-39, 43)
"Nous avons observé quelques massifs denses à l’aéroport, dans les jardins du CONAF à Mataveri et dans le village de Hanga Roa" (Meyer, 2008; p. 39).
Cook Islands
Southern Cook Islands
Rarotonga Island introduced
Meyer, Jean-Yves (2000) (p. 89)
"Potential invader", lowlands.
Cook Islands
Southern Cook Islands
Rarotonga Island cultivated
McCormack, Gerald (2013)
S. speciosa
Cook Islands
Southern Cook Islands
Rarotonga Island introduced
cultivated
Space, James C./Flynn, Tim (2002) (p. 15)
Ecuador (Galápagos Islands)
San Cristóbal Group
San Cristóbal Island introduced
cultivated
Charles Darwin Foundation (2008)
Fiji
Fiji Islands
Vanua Levu Island introduced
invasive
cultivated
Smith, Albert C. (1991) (pp. 126-127)
Voucher cited: Bierhorst F186. Lorence et al. (1995) say that this species is Sanchezia speciosa Leonard
Fiji
Fiji Islands
Viti Levu Island introduced
invasive
cultivated
Smith, Albert C. (1991) (pp. 126-127)
Vouchers cited: Smith 7131, DA 17229, DA 12103. Lorence et al. (1995) say that this species is Sanchezia speciosa Leonard
Fiji
Fiji Islands
Viti Levu Island   Bishop Museum (Honolulu) (1953) (voucher ID: BISH 127825)
Taxon name on voucher: Sanchezia nobilis Hook. f.
French Polynesia
Gambier Islands
Mangareva (Gambier) Island introduced
Florence, J./Chevillotte, H./Ollier, C./Meyer, J.-Y. (2013)
Naturalisée
French Polynesia
Marquesas Islands
Hiva Oa Island introduced
Florence, J./Chevillotte, H./Ollier, C./Meyer, J.-Y. (2013)
Naturalisée
French Polynesia
Marquesas Islands
Nuku Hiva (Nukahiva) Island introduced
Florence, J./Chevillotte, H./Ollier, C./Meyer, J.-Y. (2013)
Naturalisée
French Polynesia
Marquesas Islands
Ua Pou (Huapu, Uapou, Uapu) Island introduced
cultivated
Lorence, David H./Wagner, Warren L. (2013)
French Polynesia
Society Islands
Moorea Island introduced
Florence, J./Chevillotte, H./Ollier, C./Meyer, J.-Y. (2013)
Naturalisée
French Polynesia
Society Islands
Raiatea (Havai) Island introduced
Florence, J./Chevillotte, H./Ollier, C./Meyer, J.-Y. (2013)
Naturalisée
French Polynesia
Society Islands
Tahiti Island introduced
Meyer, Jean-Yves (2000) (p. 94)
"Potential invader".
French Polynesia
Society Islands
Tahiti Island introduced
cultivated
Welsh, S. L. (1998) (p. 23)
Voucher cited: BRY 25459
French Polynesia
Society Islands
Tahiti Island introduced
cultivated
Florence, J./Chevillotte, H./Ollier, C./Meyer, J.-Y. (2013)
Voucher cited: J. Florence 2674 (PAP)
Ornementale assez rare.
French Polynesia
Society Islands
Tahiti Island introduced
invasive
cultivated
Meyer, Jean-Yves/Lavergne, Christophe (2004) (pp. 337, 349)
French Polynesia
Society Islands
Tahiti Island   Bishop Museum (Honolulu) (1982) (voucher ID: BISH 491670)
Taxon name on voucher: Sanchezia nobilis Hook. f.
French Polynesia
Austral (Tubuai) Islands
Rapa Island introduced
Florence, J./Chevillotte, H./Ollier, C./Meyer, J.-Y. (2013)
Naturalisée
French Polynesia
Austral (Tubuai) Islands
Rurutu Island introduced
Florence, J./Chevillotte, H./Ollier, C./Meyer, J.-Y. (2013)
Naturalisée
French Polynesia
Austral (Tubuai) Islands
Tubuai Island introduced
Florence, J./Chevillotte, H./Ollier, C./Meyer, J.-Y. (2013)
Naturalisée
State of Hawaii
Hawaiian Islands
Hawai‘i (Big) Island introduced
invasive
Parker, James L./Parsons, Bobby (2012) (p. 65)
Voucher cited: J. Parker & R. Parsons BIED134 (BISH)
State of Hawaii
Hawaiian Islands
Kaua‘i Island introduced
invasive
cultivated
Lorence, David H./Flynn, Timothy W./Wagner, Warren L. (1995) (p. 20)
Sanchezia speciosa Leonard, voucher cited: D. Lorence 6430 (BISH, MO, PTBG, US).
Escaped from cultivation and spreading vegetatively.
State of Hawaii
Hawaiian Islands
Maui Island introduced
cultivated
Meyer, Jean-Yves/Lavergne, Christophe (2004) (p. 349)
State of Hawaii
Hawaiian Islands
Maui Island introduced
invasive
cultivated
Oppenheimer, Hank (2013) (p. 17)
East Maui. Voucher cited: Oppenheimer & Bustamente H81219 (BISH, PTBG)
State of Hawaii
Hawaiian Islands
O‘ahu Island introduced
cultivated
Lorence, David H./Flynn, Timothy W./Wagner, Warren L. (1995) (p. 20)
Nauru
Nauru Island
Nauru Island introduced
cultivated
Thaman, R. R./Fosberg, F. R./Manner, H. I./Hassall, D. C. (1994) (pp. 82-83)
Voucher cited: Thaman et al. 161 (SUVA)
New Caledonia
New Caledonia
New Caledonia Islands introduced
invasive
cultivated
Meyer, Jean-Yves/Lavergne, Christophe (2004) (p. 337)
Palau
Palau (Belau ) (main island group)
Palau Islands (main island group)   Lorence, David H./Flynn, Tim (2010) (p. 19)
Samoa
Western Samoa Islands
Upolu Island introduced
invasive
Space, James C./Flynn, Tim (2002) (p. 68)
Voucher: Flynn 6970 (PTBG)
Samoa
Western Samoa Islands
Upolu Island   Bishop Museum (Honolulu) (1929) (voucher ID: BISH 127826)
Taxon name on voucher: Sanchezia nobilis Hook. f.
Samoa
Western Samoa Islands
Upolu Island   Bishop Museum (Honolulu) (1980) (voucher ID: BISH 439225)
Taxon name on voucher: Sanchezia nobilis Hook. f.
Samoa
Western Samoa Islands
Upolu Island   National Tropical Botanical Garden (U.S.A. Hawaii. Kalaheo.) (2002) (voucher ID: PTBG 305)
Taxon name on voucher: Sanchezia speciosa
Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands introduced
cultivated
Hancock, I. R./Henderson, C. P. (1988) (p. 106)
Tonga
Tongatapu Group
Tongatapu Island   National Tropical Botanical Garden (U.S.A. Hawaii. Kalaheo.) (1989) (voucher ID: PTBG 3306)
Taxon name on voucher: Sanchezia speciosa
Pacific Rim
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Singapore
Singapore
Singapore (Republic of) introduced
cultivated
Chong, Kwek Yan/Tan, Hugh T. W./Corlett, Richard T. (2009) (p. 77)
Cultivated only
Indian Ocean
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
La Réunion (France)
La Réunion Island
La Réunion Island introduced
invasive
cultivated
Meyer, Jean-Yves/Lavergne, Christophe (2004) (pp. 337, 349)
French Territory of Mayotte
Mayotte Islands
Mayotte Island introduced
cultivated
Comité français de l'Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature en France (2013)


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