Ruellia patula

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This is practically the Ruellia nudiflora of Africa — a common weed across much of the continent. I don’t really know how to communicate its distinctiveness, though with some thought, if I opted for that, I’d figure something out.

Oh – I CAN say that it doesn’t have the pubescent ovaries that R. prostrata has…the other common, widespread in Africa, purple-flowered Ruellia.

It simply is what it is. Ruellia patula. Try gestalt. Several accessions collected in different geographic areas suggest the species is monophyletic.

Wild collected, Ethiopia, Tripp & Ensermu #895 (RSA-POM); Photo by Erin Tripp

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