this plant is native to hong kong, as well as in southern asia. it is commonly known as snake jasmine there. the plant is known to the indian and chinese as a useful remedy for ringworm and other skin affections. its blossoms as the chinese common name suggests are like white cranes extending their rings. It is a slender, erect, branched, somewhat hairy shrub. The inflorescence is a spreading, leafy, hairy panicle with the flowers usually in clusters. The flowers is 2-lipped; the upper lip is white, erect, oblong or lacelike, 2-toothed at the apex, and the lower lip is broadly obovate, 3-lobed, and white, with a few, minute, brownish dots near the base. The fruit (capsule) is club-shaped and contains 4 seeds.
靈芝草 white crane flower (rhinacanthus nasuta) – kingdom: plantae 植物界 | (unranked): angiosperms | (unranked): eudicots | (unranked): asterids | order: lamiales 唇形目 | family: acanthaceae 爵床科 | subfamily: acanthoideae | genus: rhinacanthus 靈芝草屬 | species 種: r. nasutus 靈芝草