Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pseuderanthemum carruthersii

Pseuderanthemum is genus belonging to the  plant family Acanthaceae. This genus has many species. The species Pseuderanthemum carruthersii (Seem.) Guillaumin is a perennial shrub. It is claimed to native to the Pacific Islands of Polynesia and  Melanesia. But it is has been found in tropical countries including Malaysia, where it is grown as an ornamental plant.

The plant has broad leaves, with leaves either purplish or green with yellowish veinal areas.  The green-leaf varieties are commonly known as El Dorado, Golden Net-Bush and Yellow-vein Pseuderanthemum, while the variety with purplish leaves is commonly as purple false eranthemum. Flowers are small and are borne in inflorescence. Each flower has whitish petals, whose proximal end are coloured purple.