8032.000 Hypoestes Sol. ex R.Br.

Description of the genus

Herbs or subshrubs. Inflorescence axillary, an umbel-like group of monochasical cymes. Primary bracts leaf-like. Calyx actinomorphic; 4- or 5-lobed. Corolla 2-lipped, resupinate; lip in upper position 3-toothed with an indistinct rugula; lip in lower position entire or emarginate. Fertile stamens 2, 1-thecous; staminodes 0. Pollen prolate.

Derivation of name: From hypo (under) and estia (a house) (Greek), referring to the covering of the calyx by the bracts

Worldwide: c.40 Old World tropics

Zambia: 3 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Calaenorrhinus galenus (Orange Flat, Orange Sprite)
Hypoestes forskaolii subsp. forskaolii

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
aristata (Vahl) Roem. & Schult.N,W,ECb,Lp,N,McImage
forskaolii (Vahl) Roem. & Schult. subsp. forskaolii B,N,W,C,E,SNw,N,Mc,E,C,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
triflora (Forssk.) Roem. & Schult.N,W,C,ENw,N,Mc,CDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Hypoestes:

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Flora of Botswana: Hypoestes
Flora of Caprivi: Hypoestes
Flora of Malawi: Hypoestes
Flora of Mozambique: Hypoestes
Flora of Zimbabwe: Hypoestes
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Hypoestes

External websites:

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

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: Genus page: Hypoestes.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1351, retrieved 22 March 2023

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