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Genus: Ruttya

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

There are three species; African with one species, Ruttya ovata, occurring in southern Africa and another species cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Ruttya ovata (Ruttya)

unhlalwana lomfula [Zulu]

See KwaZulu-Natal Wildflowers by Elsa Pooley p. 200; Transvaal Lowveld and escarpment wild flowers by Jo Onderstall p. 184.

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Ruttya fruticosa

JÍmbekkie [Afrikaans]

Native to East Africa. See Creative gardening with indigenous plants. A South African Guide by Pitta Joffe p. 243.


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