Strobilanthes Blume


Greek strobilos — cone, anthos — flower, referring to the cone-like young flower clusters.

Herbs or subshrubs. Leaves opposite and sometimes of different sizes. Flowers solitary or in spikes, generally cone-like and sometimes branched. Calyx with equal lobes or 2-lipped,1 lip shallowly toothed. Petal tube with a swelling, with 5 unequal lobes. Stamens 4, of 2 unequal pairs. Fruit an oblong to linear capsule containing 4 seeds. [Goldfussia Nees]

Generally grown as indoor plants for the attractive ornamental flowers and leaves. Species with uses ranging from borders to bedding and as house plants.

Cuttings and seed.

Some species are a source of blue or purplish dyes.

Bracts and flowers small.

About 250 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.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Acanthaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Strobilanthes anisophylla
species         Strobilanthes dyeriana