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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Lamiales

Familia: Acanthaceae
Subfamilia: Acanthoideae
Tribus: Ruellieae
Subtribus: Ruelliinae
Genus: Acanthopale
Species: A. aethiogermanica – A. breviceps – A. buchholzii – A. confertiflora – A. cuneifolia – A. decempedalis – A. humblotii – A. laxiflora – A. longipilosa – A. macrocarpa – A. madagascariensis – A. perrieri – A. pubescens – A. ramiflora

Acanthopale C.B.Clarke, Fl. Trop. Africa 5: 62. (1899)

Type species: Acanthopale laxiflora C.B.Clarke, Fl. Trop. Afr. [Oliver et al.] 5(1): 63. (1899).


Clarke, C.B. 1899. Flora of Tropical Africa 5: 62.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Acanthopale in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2021 Jan. 23. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2021. Acanthopale. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2021. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2021 Jan. 23. Reference page.
Global Biodiversity Information Facility. 2019. GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset. Taxon: Acanthopale (Acanthaceae).
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Acanthopale. Published online. Accessed: Jan. 23 2021. 2021. Acanthopale. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 23 Jan. 2021.

Acanthopale is a plant genus in the Acanthaceae plant family. The genus name is based on the classic Greek words for thorn ákantha and stake palum. Some species in the genus are cultivated as ornamental plants.


Genus Acanthopale
Acanthopale albosetulosa
Acanthopale aethiopica
Acanthopale azaleoides
Acanthopale confertiflora
Acanthopale decempedalis
Acanthopale longipilosa
Acanthopale macrocarpa Vollesen
Acanthopale pubescens
Acanthopale tetrasperma

Generally unaccepted species

Acanthopale cameronensis
Acanthopale cuneifolia
Acanthopale humblotii
Acanthopale madagascariensis
Acanthopale ramiflora


Acanthopale laxiflora (syn. Acanthopale decempedalis)
Acanthopale cameronica (syn. Acanthopale decempedalis)
Dischistocalyx laxifloris (syn. Acanthopale decempedalis)
Acanthopale buchholzii (syn. Dischistocalyx grandifolius)


Clarke, C. B. 1900. Acanthaceae, Vol 5. In: Flora of Tropical Africa (ed. W. T. Thiselton-Dyer). Lovell Reeve & Co., London.
Tripp, E. A. Evolutionary relationships within the species-rich genus Ruellia (Acanthaceae). Systematic Botany, in press.
Darbyshire, I. 2004. Acanthopale decempedalis . 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Bajado el 20-08-07. 2004. Acanthopale decempedalis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded the 20-08-07.

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