Torenia L.

Commemorating Olaf Toren, an 18th century Swedish clergyman.

Mostly low, perennial and annual herbs. Leaves opposite, entire, round-toothed. Flower clusters terminal or axillary but short and with few flowers. Calyx tubular, pleated, ribbed or winged. Corolla cylindrical, 2-lipped, the upper lip erect, the lower lip spreading. Stamens 4, in 2 unequal pairs. Fruit capsule cylindrical to ovoid, with numerous seeds.


Wide, slightly Antirrhinum-like flowers with bent stamens.

40 species from Africa and Asia.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Scrophulariaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Linderniaceae
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species         Torenia fournieri Fourn.