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Strobilanthes crispa (L.) Blume


Strobilanthes crispa (L.) Blume




Sericocalyx crispus (L.) Bremek.

Vernacular Names



Indonesia Daun picah beling (Jakarta), enyoh kelo, keci beling (Javanese).

Geographical Distributions

Strobilanthes crispa is found in Java.


Strobilanthes crispa is an erect herb, which can grow up to 100 cm tall. The branches are acutely quadrangular at top.

The leaves are oblong-lance-shaped, 9-18 cm x 3-8 cm. They are decurrent at base and acuminate at apex, shallowly crenate-crispate and very scabrid.

The inflorescence is short and dense spike, with imbricate bracts. The flowers are with yellow petal and about 1.5-2 cm long.

The 11 cm long fruit is spindle-shaped.

Ecology / Cultivation

Strobilanthes crispa occurs in anthropogenic habitats in the lowland of Java, in brushwood, on riverbanks and in abandoned fields, up to 1000 m altitude.

Line Drawing / Photograph


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