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Genus: Peristrophe

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

About 15 species, occurring from Africa to the East Indies. In southern Africa there are nine native species and one cultivated species.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Peristrophe cernua (False Buckwheat)

[= Peristrophe natalensis]

umhlolowane [Xhosa]; uhlalwane oluncane [Zulu]

See KwaZulu-Natal Wildflowers by Elsa Pooley p. 436.  


Peristrophe cliffordii


Peristrophe decorticans


Peristrophe gillilandiorum

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Peristrophe grandibracteata


Peristrophe hereroensis


Peristrophe namibiensis


Peristrophe paniculata


Peristrophe transvaalensis


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Peristrophe angustifolia



  • Balkwill, K. 1996. A synopsis of Peristrophe (Acanthaceae) in southern Africa. Bothalia 26: 83-93.


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