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Genus: Isoglossa

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 50 species, found in the Old World, mainly in the tropics. There are 19 species in southern Africa. 

Species native to southern species

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

Isoglossa bolusii

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

Isoglossa ciliata

Perennial shrub or herb, growing to height of 1.3 m. See Pooley (1998: 200). Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal; Swaziland

Isoglossa cooperi

Perennial shrub or herb, growing to height of 3.6 m. See Pooley (1998: 438). Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo.

Isoglossa delicatula

Perennial shrub or herb, growing to height of 1.5 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo

Isoglossa densa

Perennial herb growing to height of 1 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Eastern Cape.

Isoglossa eckloniana

Perennial shrub or herb, growing to height of 1.8 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo; Swaziland

Isoglossa eylesii

Recorded from Zimbabwe. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

Isoglossa floribunda

Recorded from Zimbabwe. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

Isoglossa grantii

Perennial shrub, dwarf shrub or herb, growing to height of 1.5 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, Gauteng, Free State; Swaziland; Limpopo. See Pooley (1998: 200); van Wyk & Malan (1997: 32).

Isoglossa gregorii

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

Isoglossa hypoestiflora

Perennial shrub or herb, growing to height of 4 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo.

Isoglossa macowanii

Perennial dwarf shrub or herb, growing to height of 0.7 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal; Lesotho.

Isoglossa mossambicensis

Recorded from Zimbabwe. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

Isoglossa origanoides

Perennial shrub, dwarf shrub or herb, growing to height of 1.5 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Gauteng; Swaziland

Isoglossa ovata

Perennial herb, growing to height of 0.9 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal

Isoglossa prolixa

Perennial herb or climber, growing to height of 2 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Eastern Cape.

Isoglossa stipitata

Perennial herb growing to height of 0.6 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal.

Isoglossa sylvatica

Perennial dwarf shrub or herb, growing to height of 1 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Western Cape

Isoglossa woodii (Buckweed)

Kiesieblaar [Afrikaans]; ugomane, umbomane [Zulu]

Perennial shrub or herb, growing to height of 2 m. Distribution in southern Africa: South Africa > Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal. See Pooley (1998: 200).

References

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

  • van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. 1997. Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Highveld. 2nd edition. Struik Publishers, Cape Town.

  • 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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