White shrimp plant, paper plume
Justicia betonica, Fam. Acanthaceae
Sub-shrub or soft perennial herb to 2m. Stems often with a purple tinge, may be rough to touch, and root at nodes.
Other invasive plants
Invasive plants that are not prohibited or restricted invasive plants, but are known to spread readily and cause negative impacts, within the region.
|Form or habit:||Herb, Shrub|
Simple, opposite broadly ovate to elliptical, 90-220 x 35-120mm, glabrous dark green above, pale below; margins slightly wavy.
White, Purple, Pink
|Flower description:||Tubular 2-lipped, about 8mm in diameter; white, pink or purple, upper lip rounded, lower lip 3-lobed with dark veins and a white spot. Flowers surrounded by white bracts with prominent green veins, borne on terminal spikes, to 150mm long.|
|Fruit description:||Brown, hairy 2-lobed club-shaped capsules, 8-10mm long, within pale bracts.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Spread by: seeds, garden waste. Invades/threats: roadsides, creek areas, rainforest and woodlands; forming dense stands. Notes: garden escapee. Isolated naturalised populations have been identified near Proserpine, on the Pioneer River near Mirani, and the roadside north of Mackay. Tolerates shade. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|