Asystasia Blume

Greek asystasia— confusion, origin uncertain.

Perennial herbs or evergreen shrubs. Leaves opposite, simple, thin. Flowers in axillary or terminal clusters, each with a small bract. Sepals 5, narrow, united at the base. Flowers tubular to funnel-shaped, sometimes swollen. Stamens 4, in unequal pairs. Fruit a 2-4-seeded capsule narrowed at the base.

Asystasia bella is now referred to Mackaya bella.


Scrambling plant; flowers 5-lobed; stamens 4, in unequal pairs.

About 70 species, mostly from the Old World tropics and subtropics.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Acanthaceae. 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       Acanthaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Asystasia gangetica (L.) Anderson