Shrubby Whitevein
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Shrubby Whitevein
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Shrubby Whitevein
Botanical name: Sanchezia speciosa    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Shrubby Whitevein is a semiwoody evergreen shrub growing up to 6-8 ft with smooth bright green or purple stems, large variegated leaves and colorful flowers. The leaves are up to a foot in length, opposite on the stems and marked with prominent, well defined yellow or ivory veins, which gives it its common name. The tubular flowers are yellow with red bracts, about 2 in long and borne in spikes of 6-10, at the end of branches. It blooms almost throughout most of the year. Shrubby Whitevein is native to northeastern Peru and Equador where it grows in the humid understory of tropical rainforests.

Identification credit: Priyanka Goel Photographed in cultivation in Imphal & Delhi.

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