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  1. Family: Acanthaceae Juss.
    1. Dyschoriste Nees

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropics & Subtropics.


    Acanthaceae (part 2), Kaj Vollesen. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2008

    Perennial or shrubby herbs or shrubs, with usually conspicuous linear cystoliths (especially on calyx); stems terete to distinctly angular
    Leaves opposite, base decurrent into the petiole which has a distinct articulation at or up to 2 mm above base
    Flowers in condensed axillary cluster-like cymes which sometimes merges into spiciform terminal panicles, more rarely solitary or in lax axillary cymes, shortly pedicellate; bracts various, outer foliaceous; bracteoles 2, filiform to linearlanceolate.
    Calyx 5-lobed, the lobes subequal, linear to narrowly triangular, acuminate to cuspidate, with strong often rib-like central vein
    Corolla contorted in bud; tube with linear basal part, widened into a ± distinst inflated upper part (throat); limb from ± subequally 5-lobed to distinctly 2-lipped with 2-lobed upper and 3-lobed lower lip; lower lip with or without differently coloured pleated base, without (very rarely with) long stiff retrorse hairs; lobes oblong or obovate, rounded to truncate or irregularly toothed
    Stamens 4, slightly didynamous, all fertile or two sterile or reduced to staminodes, held in throat; filaments linear, fused with tube at base and free part of each short and long stamen fused at base, part fused with tube hairy; anthers 2-thecous, ellipsoid, usually glabrous, with spurs at base (rarely without).
    Ovary with 2 ovules per locule; style filiform, hairy throughout, upper stigma-lobe usually minute, lower 1–2 mm long, linear-oblong, flattened, glandular.
    Capsule 4-seeded (or 2–3-seeded by abortion), glabrous or sparsely glandular at apex, oblong to slightly clavate, cylindric, valves sulcate dorsally, often persisting after release of seeds; retinaculae strong, curved
    Seeds discoid, ovoid-oblong in outline, with dense hygroscopic hairs.
    Range: About 75 species, widespread in all tropical regions and subtropical in N America.



    Native to:

    Alabama, Angola, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Arizona, Bahamas, Benin, Bolivia, Borneo, Botswana, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Central African Repu, Chad, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Florida, Free State, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Mozambique, Namibia, New Mexico, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Oklahoma, Oman, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Carolina, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Swaziland, Tanzania, Texas, Togo, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virginia, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    Leeward Is., Mauritius

    Accepted Species


    Other Data

    Dyschoriste Nees appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Mexico K000064191
    Verdcourt, B. [764A], Uganda 2823.000
    Verdcourt, B. [764], Uganda 2824.000
    Greenway, P.J. [7965], Zambia 3643.000
    Harley, R.M. [23028], Brazil K001048024
    Hinton, G.B. [16194], Mexico K000064193
    Hinton, G.B. [16140], Mexico K000064194
    Hornby, R.M. [110a], Tanzania 13074.000
    Faulkner, H. [1330], Tanzania 4228.000
    Rico, L. [841], Mexico K000064190
    Villarouco, F.M.O. [136], Brazil K001048021
    Becker, J. [535], Brazil K001048025
    Langlassé, E. [657], Mexico K000064192
    Arns, K.N.Y. [86], Brazil K001048020
    Melo, M.R.C.S. [212], Brazil K001048022
    Félix, L.P. [2010], Brazil K001048019
    Félix, L.P. [s.n.], Brazil K001048023
    Torrey [92], Mexico Calophanes K000064136


    First published in N.Wallich, Pl. Asiat. Rar. 3: 75 (1832)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.


    Flora of West Tropical Africa

    • —F.T.A. 5: 71.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • F.T.A. 5: 71 (1899)
    • E. & P. Pf. IV, 3b: 302 (1895)
    • DC., Prodr. 11: 106 (1847)
    • Wall., Pl. As. Rar. 3: 75, 81 (1832)


    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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