Ruellia lactea


A darling little basal-rosette forming species, seen with colleague Salvador Acosta. Trouble is: this species also forms an erect herb. Yep – email me for additional photos. Never a dull in Mexico…

No: it doesn’t produce any bitter and thick white latex as you might be conjuring up, based on the specific epithet. Certainly nothing like lettuce.

Wild collected, Mexico, Tripp & Acosta #166 (DUKE); Photo by Erin Tripp

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