Bravaisia is a genus of three species native to Mexico through northern South America. They are distinct among Acanthaceae in being moderately-sized trees, with Bravaisia integerrima reaching some 20 m in height (a few other genera contain small trees, e.g. Louteridium, Ruellia, and Trichanthera). Bravaisia species inhabit riparian or mangrove environments and possess prop roots (see photo above) to 8 m above ground level (Daniel 1988). Flowers of B. integerrima are possibly fragrant, also notable in Acanthaceae.
Daniel, T.F. 1988. A systematic study of Bravaisia DC. (Acanthaceae). Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 45(8): 111-132.
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