Back to Biodiversity Explorer main pageGo to Iziko Museums of Cape Town home pageAbout Biodiversity Explorer - history, goals, etc.Send us your questions about southern African biodiversityPeople who have contributed content and images.Search Biodiversity Explorer

Genus: Sclerochiton

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 12 species, native to Africa, with seven species occurring in southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Sclerochiton apiculatus (Blue Lips)

[= Schlerochiton coeruleus]

See KwaZulu-Natal Wildflowers by Elsa Pooley p. 490.

Sclerochiton harveyanus 

Mazabuka [Swazi]

See Creative gardening with indigenous plants. A South African Guide by Pitta Joffe p. 208 and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Sclerochiton ilicifolius


Sclerochiton kirkii

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Sclerochiton odoratissimus

See KwaZulu-Natal Wildflowers by Elsa Pooley p. 200.

Sclerochiton sp.A


Sclerochiton triacanthus



  • Vollesen, K. 1991. A revision of the African genus Sclerochiton (Acanthaceae: Acantheae). Kew Bulletin 46:1-50.


Contact us if you can contribute information or images to improve this page.

Biodiversity Explorer home   Iziko home   Search