Otacanthus caeruleus – Brazilian Snapdragon
Scientific Name: Otacanthus caeruleus
Common Names: Brazilian Snapdragon, Amazon Blue
Growth Habit: Shrub, Subshrub
Hawaii Native Status: Introduced, Cultivated. Brazilian Snapdragon may be naturalized on the eastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii. This ornamental garden plant is native to Brazil.
Flower Color: Violet-blue to purple
Height: To 4 feet (1.2 m) tall
Description: The flowers have a slender, 1 inch (2.5 cm) long floral tube and are zygomorphic (bilaterally symmetrical) with fan-shaped upper and lower lips. The lower lip has a conspicuous white "eye" at the base. The leaves have depressed, pinnate veins and are green, opposite, sessile, finely toothed, and elliptic to lanceolate in shape. The stems are woody and brownish.
Brazilian Snapdragons can be found growing in partly shady spots at the edge of disturbed moist and mesic forests.
Fragrant – The leaves have a minty pine scent.
Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Family: Scrophulariaceae – Figwort family
Genus: Otacanthus Lindl.
Species: Otacanthus caeruleus Lindl.