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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: Mackaya
Species: M. atroviridis – M. bella – M. indica – M. macrocarpa – M. neesiana – M. tapingensis

Mackaya Harv., Thes. Cap. 1: 8 (1859), nom. cons.

Typus: M. bella


Odontonemella Lindau, Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 18(1-2): 56. 1893.


Mackaya Arn., nom. rej. (1838) = Erythropalum Blume


Harvey, W.H. 1859. Thes. Cap. 1: 8. t. 13.


Hassler, M. 2018. Mackaya. 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. 2018. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Jun. 15. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2018. Mackaya. Published online. Accessed: Jun. 15 2018.
The Plant List 2013. Mackaya in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Jun. 15. 2018. Mackaya. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Jun. 15.
Global Biodiversity Information Facility. 2019. GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset. Taxon: Mackaya. .

Vernacular names
suomi: Makaijat

Mackaya is a genus of flowering plants in the family Acanthaceae, disjunctly distributed in Brazil, South Africa, and the eastern Himalayas, Southeast Asia and China.[2] It is sister to Asystasia.[3]

Currently accepted species include:[2]

Mackaya bella Harv.
Mackaya indica (Nees) Ensermu
Mackaya neesiana (Wall.) Das
Mackaya tapingensis (W.W.Sm.) Y.F.Deng & C.Y.Wu


Some species are cultivated as ornamental plants. Mackaya bella from South Africa, a small evergreen shrub with purple-veined white flowers, has received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4] It is only hardy down to 10 °C (50 °F), so in temperate zones requires protection during the winter months.

Thes. Cap. 1: 8 (1859)
"Mackaya Kuntze". Plants of the World Online. Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
Deng, Yunfei; Wu (Wu Chengyih), Zhengyi (2009). "A New Combination in Mackaya (Acanthaceae), with Lectotypification for Mackaya tapingensis". Novon: A Journal for Botanical Nomenclature. 19 (3): 307–309. doi:10.3417/2007009. S2CID 83547610.
"Mackaya bella". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 10 November 2020.

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