Justicia fulvicoma (ACANTHACEAE) Mexican Plume

Weeds to Whack

Not recorded yet in Enoggera catchment, but a risk, judging by its weedy behaviour observed by Sheldon Navie at the teaching gardens at University of Queensland. A low-growing, compact shrub with lush green foliage and unique spikes of reddish-orange flowers. Soft, herbaceous stems, medium green leaves are softly pubescent, up to 10 cm long.
Photo: Sheldon Navie

Inflorescences

Flower clusters consist of tubular, reddish-orange flowers stacked between large, reddish, triangular bracts. Thrives in filtered sun locations, such as under an open canopy. Drought hardy. Fast grower on poor soils.
Photo: Sheldon Navie