Barleria alba Lodd.
Barleria chegosa Wall.
Barleria ciliata Roxb.
Barleria dichotoma Roxb.
Barleria indica L. ex T.Anderson
Barleria laciniata Wall.
Barleria lactea Desf. ex Steud.
Barleria napalensis Nees
Barleria nuda Nees
Barleria prinoides Nees
Barleria venulosa Nees
Lepidagathis laciniata Wall. ex Nees
Ruellia ciliata Wall. ex Nees
Barleria cristata is an erect, branched evergreen shrub growing 1 - 3 metres tall[
The plant is widely grown as an ornamental, particularly as a flowering hedge plant[
E. Asia - southern China, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
Waste places and along the sides of roads[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Requires at least a moderate amount of sun if it is to flower freely[
]. Prefers a position in full sun or partial shade and a fertile, moist but well-drained soil[
The plant is widely cultivated as an ornamental in the tropics and sometimes escapes from cultivation. It has been recorded as becoming invasive in some areas[
The plant needs to be trimmed occasionally in order to promote bushy growth[
]. It responds very well to trimming and can be used in topiary[
The bitter juice of the leaves or roots is antibacterial, diaphoretic and expectorant[
]. It is used in the treatment of serious catarrhal infections[
An infusion of the roots and leaves is applied to boils and sores to reduce swellings[
The seeds are used as an antidote for snake bites[
Tests have shown that a methanol extract of the leaves possesses significant anti-inflammatory activity[
The plant responds well to trimming and is often grown as an ornamental hedge[
Easily propagated from cuttings planted directly in the ground[
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