Graptophyllum Nees

Greek grapho — write, phyllon — leaf, referring to the ornamented leaves.

Evergreen, hairless shrubs. Leaves opposite, entire,mostly variously spotted or blotched. Flower clusters terminal or axillary, sometimes branched. Flowers with 2-lipped tubes. Stamens 2. Fruit a capsule.

Cultivated as indoor plants for their ornamental foliage. The Queensland native species, G. excelsum, G. spinigerum and G. thorogoodii are sometimes supplied.

Softwood cuttings.

Bracts shorter than sepals; sterile stamens 2.

10 species from Australasia and the SW Pacific.

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         Graptophyllum pictum (L.) Griff.