Yellow-Vein Eranthemum
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Yellow-Vein Eranthemum
ntroduced Herb Photo: P. Rao Pulakhandam
Common name: Yellow-Vein Eranthemum, Golden Pseuderanthemum, Purple false eranthemum, False eranthemum
Botanical name: Pseuderanthemum maculatum      Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Pseuderanthemum carruthersii, Eranthemum versicolor, Eranthemum atropurpureum

Yellow-Vein Eranthemum is a colorful, erect, woody, moderately fast-growing shrub with a attractive crown of waxy, broad, pointed, somewhat irregular, variegated leaves in a combination of different shades of green suffused with purple and silver, and regularly produces small clusters of pink flowers. Flowers are erect, clustering loosely, appearing at branch tips, pink or white, deeper pink at flower throat. Leaves are entire, simple, opposite, narrowly ovate, narrowed at base, tapering, waxy, up to 15 cm long and 6 cm wide, dark green, suffused with silver and purple irregular margins; leaf-stalks maroon to magenta, about 1 to 2 cm long. is native to Solomon Islands, cultivate as a garden plant world wide.

Identification credit: Gerald D. Carr, P. Rao Pulakhandam, Saroj Kasaju Photographed in cultivation.

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