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Strobilanthes species, cultivated in Hawaii
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Acanthaceae
Subfamily: Acanthoideae
Tribe: Ruellieae
Genus: Strobilanthes

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Synonyms [1]
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Strobilanthes cusia (Chinese rain bell)

Strobilanthes is a genus of about 350 species [2] of flowering plants in the family Acanthaceae, mostly native to tropical Asia and Madagascar, but with a few species extending north into temperate regions of Asia. Many species are cultivated for their two-lipped, hooded flowers in shades of blue, pink, white and purple. Most are frost-tender and require protection in frost-prone areas. [3]


Selected species

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Strobilanthes dyeriana (cultivated)

Strobilanthes atropurpurea is a temperate species, native to eastern Siberia; it is cultivated for its purple flowers.

Strobilanthes dyeriana (Persian shield) is a tropical plant native to Myanmar. It is grown for its dark green foliage with bright, metallic-purple stripes radiating outward from the central leaf vein. In proper conditions, it will also produce pale purple flowers. Persian Shield grows best outdoors in USDA zones 9 and 10, although it can survive in other zones as a houseplant given sufficient temperature, soil moisture and humidity. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. [4]

Strobilanthes species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Endoclita malabaracus , which has been recorded on S. callosa.

There is currently (December 2017) a database conflict about the status of Pachystrobilus involucratus , with the Catalogue of Life placing the species in this genus. [5]

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