Hemigraphis Nees

Greek hemi — half, graphos— written.

Mostly low-growing groundcover annual and perennial herbs and subshrubs. Leaves with margins usually toothed or scalloped. Flower clusters in terminal, few-flowered spikes. Flowers narrowly tubular and with conspicuous bracts, appearing at irregular intervals. Stamens 4, in unequal pairs and not protruding from the flower. Fruit a capsule.

Cultivated as indoor plants for their ornamental foliage, often low-growing and useful for hanging baskets.

Softwood cuttings.

Leaves often purplish, at least below; flowers 5-lobed; stamens 4, in unequal pairs, not protruding from the flower.

About 90 species from tropical Asia.

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
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