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Genus: Brillantaisia

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

About 40 species, native to tropical Africa and Madagascar, with two species native to southern Africa (Zimbabwe and Mozambique) and another two species cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Brillantaisia cicatricosa (Giant Salvia, Tropical Salvia)

[= Brillantaisia grandidentata, Brillantaisia subulugurica, Brillantaisia ulugurica]

Reusesalie [Afrikaans]

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. See Flora of Zimbabwe. See Creative gardening with indigenous plants by Pitta Joffe p. 183 (listed under Brillantaisia subulugurica).


Brillantaisia pubescens

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. See Vollesen (1981). See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Brillantaisia kirungae

[= Brillantaisia subulugurica]

Native to tropical Africa.


Brillantaisia owariense

Native to tropical Africa.



  • Vollesen, K.B. 1981. Notes on Brillantaisia pubescens (Acanthaceae) with particular reference to discontinuity in flower size. Kew Bulletin 36: 569573.

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