Ruellia boranica


Look at this one! Highly distinctive by it’s large, paired, leaf-life bracts, which otherwise is a feature best known in the genus Petalidium. This beautiful plant was seen inhabiting some killer hot landscapes of southeastern Ethiopia, several stones throw from the Somalia border. A few more degrees and I might have melted.

Ruellia boranica was described by our good friend and colleague Ensermu Kelbessa – a serious scholar of the Ethiopian flora, student of Acanthaceae, and a pretty fun guy to travel with.

Wild collected, Ethiopia, Tripp & Ensermu #903 (RSA-POM); Photo by Erin Tripp

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