The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. In some areas the plant is not removed when found growing as a weed in cultivated. Dianthera flava Vahl: 5 (). Dianthera americana var. flava (Vahl) Forssk.: 9 ( ). Adhatoda flava (Vahl) Nees (). A. fasciata Nees: (). Justicia flava (Forssk.) Vahl [family ACANTHACEAE]. Herbarium. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (K). Collection. Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa. Resource.

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Flora of tropical Africa.

Seeds plants of southern Africa: The genus Justicia was named after James Justicea Scottish horticulturist flavw worked on herbs and shrublets. The flowers of Justicia flava are much visited by bees and other insects.

West African Plants

Insects associated with this species: Google QR Code Generator. The inflorescence is said to be a cure for dysentery.

It is widespread in tropical and southern Africa. BoxAH Wageningen, Netherlands. Plant it with Plumbago auriculata to get a yellow and blue colour combination.


The flowers are in a terminal inflorescence, and are subtended by large, leaf-like bracts. Showing 0 of 0 comments. There are 72 citation in scholarly articles related to Justicia flava Vahl Vahl. The useful plants of West Tropical Africa. Email this flaba a friend Print Share on facebook Tweet this.

Flowers in terminal spikes, yellow, held in overlapping green bracts covered in long spreading hairs. Superficially similar to Justicia kirkiana but, apart from being a perennial herb with a more branched, shrubby habit, the leaves are broader ovate, particularly below, and much less hairy. The seeds should be planted in a mixture justlcia good soil, compost and river sand.

In Tanzania leaf sap is taken against hookworm and to treat hydrocele, including bathing the affected parts. Medicinal plants of East Africa. Sow the seeds in October. In Kenya the plant contributes to sand-binding vegetation in coastal dunes and sandy river banks and leaves are burnt to ash to produce a vegetable salt. Sarangesa motozi Larval foodplant. The species name, flava, means yellow. A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Fruit a 4-seeded capsule c. Derivation of specific name: Notes on the types of some names of Arabian Acanthaceae in the Forsskal herbarium.


Justicia flava – Wikidata

Pages – Display spot characters for this species. Erect or trailing, usually perennial herb up to cm tall, pubescent; stem often woody at base. The whole crushed plant, mixed with vegetable ash, seed of Aframomum species and capsicum pepper is administered by enema against painful menses, or, mixed with lemon juice, taken to induce menstruation.

Kew Bulletin 38 3: There are citation in web searches related to Justicia flava Vahl Vahl. Justicia flava Justicia flava 75 x 75 – 3k – jpg www.