Justicia pectoralis

Scientific name: Justicia pectoralis Jacq.
Botanical family: ACANTHACEAE

Vernacular names

(In territories with significant traditional TRAMIL use)


  • chapantyé

Costa Rica:

  • tilo


  • tilo


  • zèb chapantyé


  • zèb chapantyé

Other vernacular names

Botanical description

Perennial low branching herb, aromatic when crushed, up to 2 m high, sometimes rooting at the nodes.  Leaves opposite, 3-10 cm x 5-30 mm, linear to lanceolate; inflorescence terminal in loose panicle; flowers 7-8 mm long, pink with white markings resembling a rib-cage; capsule dehiscing elastically.


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