- Native to South America
- a perennial herb or nearly a shrub 1-2 m tall. Stems are stout, branched, densely velvet-hairy or bristly throughout. Oppositely arranged leaves are rather thick and somewhat leathery, ovate to elliptic- oblong, sometimes even lance-shaped, 5-12 cm long, 2.5-6 cm wide. Margins are toothed, with the teeth angled forward. Tip is acute to tapering, base broadly wedge-shaped to heart-shaped. Flower spikes are stout, erect, 10-60 cm tall, densely bristly. Bracts are lance-shaped or oblong-lance shaped, 8-12 mm long. Flowers are attractive, scarlet, crimson to rose or magenta, fading pink, occasionally purple, fading blue. Flower tube is 1.3-1.8 cm long. Keji beling is also identified with Hemigraphis alternata (Acanthaceae), metal leaf, red flame
- pink snakeweed Strobilanthes crispa, aka Stachytarpheta mutabilis (Acanthceae), , red porterweed, changeable velvetberry
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