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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: Justicieae
Genus: Afrofittonia
Species: A. silvestris

Afrofittonia Lindau, 1913

Type species: Afrofittonia silvestris Lindau.
monotypic taxon


Lindau, G., 1913. Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 49: 406.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Afrofittonia in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Sep 14. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2020. Afrofittonia. 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. 2020. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Sep 14. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2020. Afrofittonia. Published online. Accessed: Sep 14 2020. 2020. Afrofittonia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 14 Sep 2020.

Afrofittonia commonly known as the hunter's weed,[2] is a genus of plants in the family Acanthaceae. There is only one species in the genus, Afrofittonia silvestris. It is found in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and Nigeria.[3] Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is threatened by habitat loss due to Oil & gas drilling.[1]

The genus name of Afrofittonia is in honour of Sarah Mary Fitton (c.1796–1874), an Irish writer and botanist and her sister Elizabeth Fitton.[4] The Latin specific epithet of silvestris means woodland, from sylva.[5] It was first described and published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. Vol.49 on page 406 in 1913.[3]

The genus is recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Agricultural Research Service, but they do not list any known species.[6]

Darbyshire, I. (2014). "Afrofittonia silvestris". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2014: e.T39468A2926851. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T39468A2926851.en. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
Ajibesin, K.K. (January 2009). "Antibacterial effects of the flavonoids of the leaves of Afrofittonia silvestris". Flavonoids: Biosynthesis, Biological Effects and Dietary Sources.
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Burkhardt, Lotte (2018). Verzeichnis eponymischer Pflanzennamen – Erweiterte Edition [Index of Eponymic Plant Names – Extended Edition] (pdf) (in German). Berlin: Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum, Freie Universität Berlin. doi:10.3372/epolist2018. ISBN 978-3-946292-26-5. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for Gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 184533731X.
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