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Genus: Ruellia

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 150 species, native to America, Africa, Asia and Australia. About 15 species native to southern Africa and three species cultivated.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Ruellia sp. nov. 1 (incorrectly known as Ruellia patula)

See KwaZulu-Natal Wildflowers by Elsa Pooley p. 198.

Ruellia sp. nov. 2

See KwaZulu-Natal Wildflowers by Elsa Pooley p. 488.

Ruellia aspera      


Ruellia baurii


Ruellia bignoniiflora

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Ruellia brandbergensis


Ruellia cordata (Veld Violet)

See KwaZulu-Natal Wildflowers by Elsa Pooley p. 488; Wild Flowers of the Highveld by Braam van Wyk and Sasa Malan p. 242 and Flora of Zimbabwe.


Ruellia currorii


Ruellia diversifolia


Ruellia malacophylla


Ruellia otaviensis


Ruellia patula 

See Transvaal Lowveld and escarpment wild flowers by Jo Onderstall p. 182.


Ruellia pilosa


Ruellia stenophylla


Ruellia woodii


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Ruellia graecizans

Native from Peru to Argentina.


Ruellia macrantha

Native to Brazil.


Ruellia tuberosa

Native from West Indies to Peru.


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