Acanthus polystachius Delile

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Acanthus polystachius

Picture: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Acanthus polystachius

Picture: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Acanthus polystachius

Picture: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

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Synonyms: Acanthus pubescens (Oliv.) Engl.
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Description: Large, vigorous, shrub-like perennial herb, up to several metres tall. Leaves large, oblong-elliptic, the coarsely undulate-dentate margins set with sharp prickles. Flowers in terminal spikes, bright pink.
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Worldwide distribution: Native to Burundi, Rwanda, DRC, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania.
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
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Maroyi, A. (2006). Preliminary checklist of introduced and naturalized plants in Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(2) Page 193.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Acanthus polystachius
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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Acanthus polystachius

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Acanthus polystachius
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Acanthus polystachius., retrieved 23 September 2023

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