7981.000 Acanthus L.

Description of the genus

Trees, shrubs or subshrubs. Leaves lobed to pinnatifid, with margin spiny. Inflorescences of dense terminal spikes. Calyx divided to base, 4-lobed. Corolla 1-lipped, the lip 3-5-lobed; corolla with the adaxial suture slit. Stamens exserted beyond corolla tube, 4, all 1-thecous. Ovary 2-locular. Capsule woody, shiny, brown. Seeds glabrous, borne on retinacula.

Worldwide: 30 species in tropical and warm regions of the Old World; 1 naturalised escape in Zimbabwe

Zambia: 1 cultivated taxon.

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Flora of Malawi: Acanthus
Flora of Mozambique: Acanthus
Flora of Zambia: Acanthus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Acanthus
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Acanthus

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Acanthus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Acanthus
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Acanthus
Wikipedia: Acanthus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Acanthus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Acanthus

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Cultivated plants: genus page: Acanthus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1598, retrieved 13 August 2022

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