Justicia pectoralis

Category: Medicines - plant based



Introduction and description

As this plant does not have one common name by which its is known, we have placed it under its botanical name.

Justicia pectoralis is an herb in the Acanthus family (Acanthaceae). This water-willow is widely known as tilo in Latin America and in Cuba. In Haiti it is called chapantye and zeb chapantyè on Dominica and Martinique. Other folk names are freshcut, carpintero ("carpenter"), té criollo ("Criollo tea"), curia, death-angel, masha-harivari, or "piri piri kiri kos kesh".

This species was described by Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin in 1760, who provided additional data in 1763. A well-marked variety, var. stenophylla, was described by Emery Clarence Leonard in 1958.


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