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Asystasia crispata (Ganges primrose; Chinese violet; Philippine violet; coromandel)

Synonyms: Ruellia chelonoides

Invasive Species

Asystasia gangetica is an ornamental herb native to India, Malaysia and Africa. With its ability to reproduce by vegetative propagation and form dense vegetation mats, this species can be highly invasive. It can smother any vegetation with its herbaceous layer. Its introduction to the Pacific Islands has caused major disruptions in native ecosystems.
View ISSG Record: Asystasia crispata


Leaf Type [1]  Evergreen
Lifespan [2]  Perennial
Structure [1]  Herb

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Canaveral National Seashore II 9090 Florida, United States
Corcovado National Park 115845 Costa Rica  
Gombe National Park II 8799 Tanzania
Mahale Mountains National Park II 398414 Tanzania
Mount Kulal Biosphere Reserve 1729738 Kenya  



Caribbean; North America; Oceania;

External References

USDA Plant Profile



Attributes / relations provided by
1Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
2USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
3HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
4Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009