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Genus: Rotheca

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: Lamiaceae

Species in this genus were formerly placed in Clerodendrum. There are 15 species native to southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Rotheca amplifolia

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Rotheca caerulea

[= Clerodendrum caeruleum]


Rotheca caerulea

[= Clerodendrum caeruleum]


Rotheca cuneiformis

[= Clerodendrum cuneiforme]


Rotheca cyanea

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Rotheca hirsuta

[= Clerodendrum hirsutum, Clerodendrum pearsonii, Clerondendrum triphyllum]


Rotheca louwalbertsii

[= Clerodendrum louwalbertsii]


Rotheca myricoides

[= Clerodendrum dekindtii, Clerodendrum discolor, Clerodendrum myricoides, Clerodendrum schlechteri]

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Rotheca pilosa

[= Clerodendrum pilosum]


Rotheca reflexa

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Rotheca teaguei

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Rotheca uncinata

[= Clerodendrum uncinatum]


Rotheca verdcourtii

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Rotheca violacea

[= Clerodendrum violaceum]


Rotheca wildii

[= Clerodendrum wildii]

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

Some of the species listed under Clerodendrum might in fact be Rotheca (still to check).


Acherontia atropos

Lepidoptera > Sphingidae

The caterpillar have been recorded eating the leaves of Clerodendrum sp. (amongst quite a wide variety of host-plants).


Coelonia mauritii (Fulvous Hawkmoth)

Lepidoptera > Sphingidae

Caterpillars recorded eating the leaves of Clerodendrum glabrum.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.

  • Retief, E. and Herman, P.P.J. 2003. Lamiaceae. In Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds), Plants of southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14: 584-600. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.


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