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*Hypoestes phyllostachya Baker, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 22: 511 (1897); the epithet comes from the Greek phyllon (a leaf) and stachys (a spike), referring to the leafy spike.
Polka-Dot Plant

T: Madagascar, R.Baron 4907 ; holo: K.

Illustrations: A.B.Graf, Exotica 12th edn, 1: 49 (1985); A.B.Graf, Tropica 3rd edn, 34 (1986); both as Hypoestes sanguinolenta ; C.Brickell, Gardeners’ Encycl. Pl. & Fl. 221 (1989).

Herb, becoming woody at base. Stems pilose. Leaves dark green marked with irregular pink dots and blotches; petiole slender, 1–7 cm long; lamina ovate, 3–12 cm long, 2–8 cm broad, basally obtuse to rounded, entire, acute. Inflorescence terminal on axillary branches, spicate; involucres 1-flowered, subtended by a pair of reduced leaves usually unequal in size. Calyx cylindrical, 1 cm long, pilose; lobes lanceolate, 2–3 mm long. Corolla c. 2 cm long, lavender-coloured; upper lip c. 1 cm long, somewhat curled back; lower lip c. 0.5 cm long, strongly recurved. Filaments straight, c. 1 cm long. Capsule not seen. 

Norfolk Is. A native of Madagascar now widely cultivated as a house plant, and in gardens in warm temperate areas, sometimes escaping and becoming naturalised. 

N.Is.: New Cascade Rd, W.R.Sykes NI 610 and NI 1007 (CHR).

 

Data derived from Flora of Australia Volume 49 (1994), a product of ABRS, ©Commonwealth of Australia