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Genus: Adhatoda

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Lamiales > Family: Acanthaceae

Many species in the Old World tropics. Two species are native to southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Adhatoda andromeda (Adhatoda)

Distribution in southern Africa: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State


Adhatoda densiflora

Distribution in southern Africa: KwaZulu-Natal



  • Manning, J.C. & Getliffe Norris, F.M. 1985. Taxonomic studies in the Acanthaceae: a reappraisal of the genera Duvernoia and Adhatoda in southern Africa. South African Journal of Botany 51: 475484.
  • Manning, J.C. & Getliffe Norris, F.M. 1995. Adhatoda. Flora of southern Africa 30: 6264.
  • Welman, W.G. 2003. Acanthaceae. In Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds), Plants of southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14: 92-106. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria. 

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