Pastel Flower

Pseuderanthemum variabile

''Pseuderanthemum variabile'' is a species of plant in the family Acanthaceae. Its natural habitat is the floor of rainforest or wet eucalyptus forest of northern and eastern Australia, north of Bega, New South Wales. Common names include night and afternoon, pastel flower and love flower.
Pastel or love flower - Pseuderanthemum variabile  Australia,Fall,Geotagged,Pseuderanthemum variabile

Appearance

It is a ground cover, up to 30 cm high, with hairy stems.

Leaves are from 2 to 7 cm long and up to 4 cm wide, lanceolate to ovate in shape. Sometimes a hard mineral deposit occurs on the leaves. The base of the leaf can be purple and dotted with glands.

The violet-sized flowers appear between November and May, and can be white, lilac, purple or blue, often with spots near the middle. Occasionally the flowers do not open and are self fertilising. The fruit is a capsule, sometimes hairy.

Uses

In the garden, it makes an attractive ground cover for shady areas.
It is the food plant for caterpillars of a number of butterflies in the family Nymphalidae, including ''Doleschallia bisaltide, Hypolimnas alimena, Hypolimnas bolina, Hypolimnas misippus'' and ''Junonia orithya''.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassEudicots
OrderLamiales
FamilyAcanthaceae
GenusPseuderanthemum
SpeciesP. variabile
Photographed in
Australia