Pseuderanthemum maculatum

Pseuderanthemum maculatum (G. Lodd.) I. M. Turner

Common Names: Yellow Vein Eranthemum, Golden Pseuderanthemum

Family: Acanthaceae

Habit: Pseuderanthemum maculatum grows as an herb to small shrub to 1 m in height. Stems squarish. The leaves are arranged oppositely, each up to 10 cm in length and 3 cm wide, ovate to elliptic with an acute leaf apex. Leaves often variegated.

The complete, perfect, zygomorphic flowers are arranged in terminal spikes. Each flower subtended by a pubescent bract. The calyx has 5, green unfused, linear, sepals that are slightly fused at their base.  The corolla has 5, fused, white with purple/maroon spotting and lines. There are 4 stamens fused to the corolla tube.  The superior ovary has 2 locules and numerous ovules. The fruit is a capsule at maturity.

Habitat: Pseuderanthemum maculatum grows in Human- Altered environments (yards and gardens).

Distribution: Pseuderanthemum maculatum is NOT native to the Lucayan Archipelago.  It is native to the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu but is now global as an ornamental.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Pseuderanthemum maculatum is not known to be used medicinally in the Lucayan Archipelago.

It is grown as an ornamental.