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Mackaya bella

   (Family: Acanthaceae)
   
English: Forest bell bush, River bell  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 3 - 6m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (light)
  Frost Tolerant (light)
Rarity Status:
Common
   
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred position:
Semi-shade
Tolerated soil:  
  Loam (gritty, moist, and retains water easily),
Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water),
Sand (coarse texture, drains easily)
pH: acid
Biome: Forest
 
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Flower colours
 
White
Flower shape
Flower type
 
  Flower info
  Small, hairy pockets are often found in the axil of the veins. It has beautiful, large and attractive mauve to white flowers in terminal racemes usually marked with fine purple-pink lines.
 
 
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf type
Leaf arrangement
Leaf texture Smooth
Bark / Stem type
 
  Leaf info EDIT
  Evergreen
 
 
 
 
  Seed info EDIT
 
 
 
Description EDIT
Mackaya bella is a beautiful shrub or small tree with slender branches bearing dark green leaves. The leaves are simple and oppositely arranged.
Growing EDIT
Mackaya bella is easy from semi-hardwood stem cuttings taken during spring and autumn.
Distribution EDIT
The forest bell bush occurs naturally in the Eastern Cape, Kwazulu Natal, Swaziland and Northern Province in evergreen forest, often along the edges of stream.
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Ecology EDIT
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