Golden candle

Family • Acanthaceae - Pachystachys lutea Nees - GOLDEN SHRIMP PLANT

Scientfici names

Pachystachys lutea Nees
Justicia lutea (Nees) Ruiz & Pav. ex B. D. Jacks .[illeg.]

Other vernacular names

ASSAMESE: Hunboronia.
MAYA: Camaron amarillo.

Common names

Golden shrimp (Engl.)
Yellow shrimp plant (Engl.)
Lollipop plant (Engl.)
Shrimp plant (Engl.)

Pachystachys lutea

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings

(1) Occupational contact dermatitis from golden shrimp plant (Pachystachys lutea) / E. Paulsen, S. L. Andersen and K. E. Andersen / Contact Dermatitis 2009: 60: 1–2

(2) Use of Indigenous Plants in Traditional Health Care Systems by Mishing Tribe of Dikhowmukh, Sivasagar District, Assam / Ratna Jyoti Das, Kalyani Pathak / International Journal of Herbal Medicine 2013; 1 (3): 50-57

(3) Pachystachys lutea Nees / The Plant List

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Botany
Golden candle is a subtropical shrub growing 80 centimeters or taller. Leaves are opposite, narrow-ovate, up to 12 centimeters long, with entire margins. Flowers are in a large terminal spike, up to 10 centimeters long, with large, golden yellow cordate bracts. Corolla is white. Fruit is a capsule.

Distribution
– Native to Peru.
– Common in Baguio gardens.
– Propagated by cuttings or seeds.

Uses
Folkloric
– No reported folkloric medicinal use in the Philippines.
– In the Caribbean, one specie is used as a hallucinogenic beverage.
– Also used to treat fever, coughs, colds, and hair loss.
– The Mishing tribe of Assam use the roots to treat pneumonia.

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Study Findings
• Occupational Contact Dermatitis / Low Allergenic Potential: The allergenic potential of golden shrimp plant is probably low, requiring prolonged contact for sensitization, more likely to occur in greenhouse gardeners handling potted plants rather than outdoor gardeners tending landscape plants.

Availability
Cultivated.