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Pewter plant Native to southern India. Also commonly called silver Persian shield plant. This specimen seen within a suburban, communal garden area. <br />
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Strobilanthes gossypinus is a small to medium size evergreen shrub. The leaves are opposed and the foliage is a very pretty silvery, grey-blue colour with a felty/furry texture. I learned that this plant is a &#039;semelparous mast-seeding&#039; species. Meaning that the entire species flowers simultaneously then dies. It is thought that mast-seeding is an effective defense because the seed predators become satiated before all the seeds have been consumed. Strobilanthes gossypinus flowers are mauve which would be spectacular against this foliage and tubular in form, rather like Lobelia. They are produced on elongated panicles above the foliage in great profusion in the plant&#039;s final year.<br />
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This specimen was around 1.5 m in height x 1.8 m in width. Mature leaves around 15 cm in length.  Acanthaceae,Australia,Flora,Geotagged,Lamiales,Strobilanthes gossypina,Strobilanthes gossypinus,Strobilanthes lanata,Strobilanthes lanatus,Winter,botany,furry foliage,new south wales,pewter plant,silver Persian shield plant,silver foliage Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Pewter plant

Native to southern India. Also commonly called silver Persian shield plant. This specimen seen within a suburban, communal garden area.

Strobilanthes gossypinus is a small to medium size evergreen shrub. The leaves are opposed and the foliage is a very pretty silvery, grey-blue colour with a felty/furry texture. I learned that this plant is a 'semelparous mast-seeding' species. Meaning that the entire species flowers simultaneously then dies. It is thought that mast-seeding is an effective defense because the seed predators become satiated before all the seeds have been consumed. Strobilanthes gossypinus flowers are mauve which would be spectacular against this foliage and tubular in form, rather like Lobelia. They are produced on elongated panicles above the foliage in great profusion in the plant's final year.

This specimen was around 1.5 m in height x 1.8 m in width. Mature leaves around 15 cm in length.

    comments (3)

  1. Silver it is, wow, how unusual!

    PS: new accepted name of this species seems to be Strobilanthes lanatus.
    Posted 3 months ago
    1. Great feedback. I put this to a botany group, curious as to how/why names are interchanged like this...and not only did they back your info, but told me it's also listed as Strobilanthes lanata and Strobilanthes gossypina. That's quite enough names for this plant now I think! No wonder I couldn't find any info on it when I first began looking. So I've added these others above as well ^^ just in case. Posted 3 months ago
      1. I'm unsure of why the name have changed or why synonyms exist. Simple minded as I am, I usually don't care, I only want to know what the latest accepted name is, I don't consider the history of it very relevant for the purpose of identification. For other purposes, such as looking up reference information, the older names can be useful.

        Anyway, I tend to just look up the name on eol.org. Then, on the species record it shows all known names on the "names" tab:
        https://eol.org/pages/50457924/names

        Regardless of what you searched for, the name on the top of the screen should be considered the "active" one.
        Posted 3 months ago, modified 3 months ago

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Strobilanthes lanatus is a flowering plant in the Strobilanthes genus.

Similar species: Lamiales
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Jun 24, 2021. Captured Jun 15, 2021 12:14 in 31 Portman St, Zetland NSW 2017, Australia.