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Schaueria azaleiflora
Rusby, Acanthaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  no

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Habit:  shrub

Description:  "Shrub or subshrub 0.8-1.5 m; stems cylindrical, slender, woody, striate, glabrous; leaves petiolate, blades elliptic, 6-12 x 2-3 cm, glabrous, very thin, grayish-green; inflorescence a short, terminal spike; flowers densely compacted; bracts minute, ovate, 2 mm long, margin entire; bracteoles small; calyx deeply 5-lobed, lobes subequal, lanceolate3-5 mm long, glabrous; corolla creamy-yellow to white to yellowish, 20-30 (50) mm long, tube infundibular, 10-15 mm long, bilabiate, lower lip strongly recurved, deeply 3-lobed, lobes subequal, narrowly oblong, 10-12 x 1-1.5  mm, apically obtuse, upper lip erect, narrow and concave, 10-12 x 3 mm, apically slightly bilobed; stamens 2, exserted; anthers 2-thecous, muticous; capsule obovate in outline, narrowly stipitate for about one-half its length, glabrous; seeds 4"  (Wasshausen & Wood, 2004; p. 121).

Habitat/ecology:  In Bolivia (native), "an apparently rare but possibly overlooked undershrub of seasonally dry forest growing between 450 and 1700 m"  (Wasshausen & Wood, 2004; p. 121).

Propagation:  Seed

Native range:  "From northern Argentina north to the Yungas of La Paz, [Bolivia]"  (Wasshausen & Wood, 2004; p. 121).


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This page was created on 12 JUL 2013 and was last updated on 6 AUG 2013.