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Useful Tropical Plants

Justicia pectoralis

Jacq.

Acanthaceae

+ Synonyms

Dianthera pectoralis (Jacq.) J.F.Gmel.

Dianthera pectoralis (Jacq.) Murray

Ecbolium pectorale (Jacq.) Kuntze

Justicia stuebelii Lindau

Leptostachya pectoralis (Jacq.) Nees & Mart.

Psacadocalymma pectorale (Jacq.) Bremek.

Rhytiglossa pectoralis (Jacq.) Nees

Stethoma pectoralis (Jacq.) Raf.

Common Name:

Justicia pectoralis
Drawing of a flowering stem
Photograph by: Botanical Register, vol. 10: t. 796 (1824) [M. Hart]
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Justicia pectoralis Justicia pectoralis

General Information

Justicia pectoralis is a perennial plant growing 15 - 200cm tall with weak stems that can be erect to spreading or decumbent and often form roots at their lower nodes[
428
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 65
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1978
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet. This volume contains parts of the Flora of Panama.
,
914
Title
The Acanthaceae of Colombia
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 31
Author
Leonard E.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1958
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, this edition is devoted to a treatment of the Acanthaceae of Colombia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
1012
Title
Acanthaceae of Bolivia
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 49
Author
Wasshausen D.C. & Wood J.R.I
Publisher
National Museum of Natural History; Washington
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
A treatment of all the Acanthaceae in Bolivia
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

914
Title
The Acanthaceae of Colombia
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 31
Author
Leonard E.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1958
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, this edition is devoted to a treatment of the Acanthaceae of Colombia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
1012
Title
Acanthaceae of Bolivia
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 49
Author
Wasshausen D.C. & Wood J.R.I
Publisher
National Museum of Natural History; Washington
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
A treatment of all the Acanthaceae in Bolivia

Range

S. America - Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean

Habitat

Sandy soil in apparently undisturbed seasonally dry forest in lowland areas, sometimes growing on rocks by forested streams[
1012
Title
Acanthaceae of Bolivia
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 49
Author
Wasshausen D.C. & Wood J.R.I
Publisher
National Museum of Natural History; Washington
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
A treatment of all the Acanthaceae in Bolivia
]. A common weed of roadsides and waste places at elevations near sea level[
428
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 65
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1978
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet. This volume contains parts of the Flora of Panama.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.75 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant is sweetly fragrant[
1012
Title
Acanthaceae of Bolivia
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 49
Author
Wasshausen D.C. & Wood J.R.I
Publisher
National Museum of Natural History; Washington
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
A treatment of all the Acanthaceae in Bolivia
]

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is antiemetic[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
]. A decoction is used as a treatment for upset stomach[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
]. A tea is used as a treatment for influenza, fever, whooping cough, fits[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
]. An infusion is used to treat headaches caused by blows to the head[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
]. It is also used in the treatment of haemorrhages[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].
A decoction of the plant is used as an external bath for a febrifuge[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

The macerated leaf is applied externally as a vulnerary in the treatment of haematoma[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
]. Used in a pectoral tea or eaten in a toffee to treat coughs and colds[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].
An infusion of the leaves is used as a hair rinse to treat hair loss[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

The plant contains coumarim and umbelliferone[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Division of the rooted stems

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