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Genus: Dyschoriste

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 65 species, occurring worldwide in tropical and warm areas. Seventeen species are native to southern Africa, and a further species is cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Dyschoriste alba

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

Dyschoriste albiflora

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

Dyschoriste capricornis

Perennial dwarf shrub or herb, growing to height of 0.5 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Namibia

Dyschoriste depressa

Perennial dwarf shrub or herb, growing to height of 0.5 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo. See Pooley (1998: 434).

Dyschoriste erecta

Perennial dwarf shrub, growing to height of 0.5 m.  Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Mpumalanga.

Dyschoriste fischeri

Perennial shrub or dwarf shrub, growing to height of 1.75 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Mpumalanga, Limpopo.

Dyschoriste hildebrandtii

Recorded from Zimbabwe. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

Dyschoriste matopensis

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

Dyschoriste monroi

Perennial shrub or dwarf shrub, growing to height of 0.9 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Limpopo, Botswana.

Dyschoriste mutica 

Perennial shrub or dwarf shrub, growing to height of 0.9 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Mpumalanga.

Dyschoriste nagchana

Recorded from Zimbabwe. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

Dyschoriste perrottetii

Perennial dwarf shrub or herb growing to height of 0.5 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Mpumalanga.

Dyschoriste pseudoerecta

Perennial dwarf shrub growing to height of 0.3 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Northern Cape; Namibia.

Dyschoriste radicans

Perennial dwarf shrub or herb, growing to height of 0.3 m. Distribution in southern Africa: Botswana.

Dyschoriste rogersii

Perennial shrub or dwarf shrub, growing to height of 1.2 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Mpumalanga, Limpopo; Swaziland.

Dyschoriste transvaalensis

Perennial shrub or dwarf shrub, growing to height of 1.65 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, Gauteng; Botswana.

Dyschoriste trichocalyx

Recorded from Zimbabwe. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Dyschoriste thunbergiiflora (Purple Bells, Persklokkies)

Native to tropical Africa.

 

References

  • Joffe, P. 2001. Creative Gardening with Indigenous Plants. A South African Guide. Briza Publications, Pretoria.

  • Pooley, E. 1998. A Field Guide to Wild Flowers KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust, Durban.

  • 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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