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Taxon: Justicia brandegeeana Wassh. & L. B. Sm.

Genus: Justicia
Family: Acanthaceae subfamily: Acanthoideae tribe: Justicieae
Nomen number: 100699
Place of publication: P. R. Reitz, ACAN in Fl. ilust. catarin. 102. 1969 "brandegeana"
Comment: the spelling of the specific epithet follows Melbourne ICN Art. 60.7 and Ex. 17
Name verified on: 24-May-2011 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 21-May-2013
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

  • false hop   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • Honolulu-salvia   (Source: F Viti ) – English
  • Mexican shrimp-plant   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • shrimp-plant   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • shrimpbush   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • Garnelen-Justizie   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German
  • camaroncillo   (Source: F CostaR ) – Spanish
  • cola de camarón   (Source: Trop Flow Pl ) – Spanish

Economic importance:

Distributional range:

    Northern Mexico: Mexico - Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas
    Southern Mexico: Mexico - Morelos, Queretaro

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida
    Western South America: Ecuador

  • also cultivated


  • Brummitt, R. K. 1988. The spelling of the Latin name for the Shrimp Plant: Justicia brandegeeana Wassh. and L. B. Smith. Acanthus 3:2.
  • Burger, W. C., ed. 1971–. Flora costaricensis.
  • Cabrera, A. L., dir. 1977–. Flora de la provincia de Jujuy, Republica Argentina.
  • Daniel, T. F. 1988. Justicia brandegeeana vs. J. brandegeana, another view. Acanthus 3:2.
  • DeFilipps, R. A. 1992. Ornamental garden plants of the Guianas. ["brandegeana"].
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen. ["brandegeana"].
  • Grierson, A. J. C. & D. J. Long. 1984–. Flora of Bhutan including a record of plants from Sikkim.
  • Howard, R. 1974–1989. Flora of the lesser Antilles. ["brandegeana"].
  • Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. ["brandegeana"].
  • Jørgensen, P. M. & S. León-Yánez, eds. 1999. Catalogue of the vascular plants of Ecuador. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 75.
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third. ["brandegeana"].
  • Llamas, K. A. 2003. Tropical flowering plants: a guide to identification and cultivation.
  • Reitz, R., ed. 1965–. Flora ilustrada catarinense. ["brandegeana"].
  • Rzedowski, J. & G. Rzedowski, eds. 1991–. Flora del Bajio y de regiones adyacentes. ["brandegeana"].
  • Smith, A. C. 1979–1991. Flora vitiensis nova.
  • Wasshausen, D. C. & J. R. I. Wood. 2004. Acanthaceae of Bolivia. Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 49:54.
  • Wasshausen, D. C. 1998. Acanthaceae of the Southeastern United States. Castanea 63:115. ["brandegeana"].


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