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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Africa.
Lankesteria elegans Acanthaceae

[FTEA]

Acanthaceae (part 2), Kaj Vollesen. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2008

Morphology General Habit
Perennial or shrubby herbs or shrubs; cystoliths conspicuous; stems subquadrangular
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, entire to crenate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers single, aggregated into strobilate spiciform cymes; bracts conspicuous; bracteoles linear
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx deeply divided into 5 subequal linear sepals
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla contorted in bud, finely puberulous and/or glandular on the outside, with a long linear cylindric tube which is only slightly expanded into a short indistinct throat; limb spreading, subequally 5-lobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 2, sometimes with 2 minute staminodes, inserted dorsally at base of throat, exserted, filaments much flattened basally, narrowly so or terete towards apex; anthers 2-thecous, narrowly oblong, thecae equal or subequal, rounded at both ends
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 2-locular, 2–4-ovulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style finely hairy.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Stigma
Stigma of 2 capitate lobes
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 2seeded, clavate, with solid contracted basal part, laterally flattened, glabrous; retinaculae strong, hook-like
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed discoid, covered with long hygroscopic hairs
Note
7 species in Tropical Africa and Madagascar.

Native to:

Benin, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

Introduced into:

Trinidad-Tobago

Lankesteria Lindl. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Edwards's Bot. Reg. 31(Misc.): 86 (1845)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • —F.T.A. 5: 69.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bot. Reg. 31, Misc.: 86 (1845)
  • F.T.A. 5: 69 (1899)
  • G.P. 2: 1083 (1876)
  • Syst. Bot. 26: 104 (2001)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0