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shrimp plant

noun
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a small, sprawling shrub, Justicia brandegeana (or Beloperone guttata), of the acanthus family, native to Mexico, having small white flowers protruding from a series of overlapping reddish bracts and often cultivated as a houseplant.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45
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shrimp plant

(Justicia brandegeana, sometimes called Beloperone guttata), popular border and greenhouse ornamental of the family Acanthaceae. It is native to warm regions of the Americas and to the West Indies. Shrimp plants have several stems, about 45 cm (18 inches) tall, that bear clusters of white, spotted purple, tubular, two-lipped flowers enclosed or accompanied by numerous reddish-brown leaflike bracts that suggest the shape and colour of shrimps. Some popular varieties include the false hop, shrimp bush, and Mexican shrimp plant.

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