Ruellia repens L.

Etymology Genus After Jean Ruel, a French botanist
Species Creeping; referring to its habit
Family Acanthaceae
Synonyms -
Common Names Creeping Ruellia
Status Uncertain
Form Herb
Native Distribution India, China, Taiwan, Indochina, and Malesia

Diagnostics:

Ruellia repens is a very common creeping weed of lawns. The leaves are oppositely arranged, and more or less elliptic in shape (though variable at times). The light pink or lavender flowers look slightly crumbled and have a tubuler corolla. The lower petal has two raised white bars with pink outlines.


Interesting Facts:

The flowers are short-lived and falls off easily when disturbed.


The Creeping Ruellia leaves and flower on a manicured lawn.

Leaves are oppositely arranged.

The distinctive pinkish flower.


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Author: Jake
Posted Date: 2013-04-30 / Modified Date: 2015-01-11