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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: Trichantherinae
Genus: Sanchezia
Species: S. arborea – S. aurantica – S. aurea – S. bicolor – S. capitata – S. coccinea – S. coleifolia – S. conferta – S. cyathibractea – S. dasia – S. decora – S. ecuadorensis – S. ferreyrae – S. filamentosa – S. flava – S. fosteri – S. killipii – S. klugii – S. lampra – S. lasia – S. lispa – S. longiflora – S. loranthifolia – S. lutea – S. macrocnemis – S. megalia – S. munita – S. oblonga – S. ovata – S. parvibracteata – S. parviflora – S. pedicellata – S. pulchra – S. punicea – S. putumayensis – S. rhodochroa – S. rosea – S. rubriflora – S. sanmartinensis – S. scandens – S. sericea – S. skutchii – S. speciosa – S. sprucei – S. stenantha – S. stenomacra – S. sylvestris – S. tarapotensis – S. thinophila – S. tigrina – S. villosa – S. williamsii – S. woytkowskii – S. wurdackii – S. xantha
Source(s) of checklist:

Sanchezia Ruiz & Pav., 1794.

Typus: S. ovata
Ruiz & Pav.


Farr, E. R. & Zijlstra, G. (eds.) 1996-. Index Nominum Genericorum (Plantarum). 2010 Oct 30 [1].
Ruiz López, H. & Pavón, J.A. 1794. Prodr. 5. t. 32.


Hassler, M. 2018. Sanchezia. 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. 25. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2018. Sanchezia. Published online. Accessed: Jun. 25 2018.
The Plant List 2013. Sanchezia in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Jun. 25. 2018. Sanchezia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Jun. 25.
Global Biodiversity Information Facility. 2019. GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset. Taxon: Sanchezia. .
Sanchezia is a genus of the plant family Acanthaceae. It is estimated to contain about 20 to 50 species. Members of this genus are shrubs, rarely small trees or herbs, occurring in the lowlands of tropical South and Central America. A close relative is Suessenguthia, which looks quite similar.[1]

Because they have large, colorful bracts and flowers, and sometimes even colorful leaves, several species are cultivated as ornamental plants throughout the tropics and in botanical gardens of temperate areas. Examples for species well known from cultivation are S. nobilis, S. parvibracteata and S. speciosa. In some areas, ornamental species have become problematic as invasive weeds. On the other hand, S. lampra from Ecuador is almost extinct.

Sanchezia is named for José Sánchez, a nineteenth-century professor of botany at Cádiz, Spain.[2]

Selected species

  • Sanchezia lampra
  • Sanchezia ovata Ruiz & Pav.
  • Sanchezia parvibracteata
  • Sanchezia parviflora
  • Sanchezia peruviana
  • Sanchezia putumayensis
  • Sanchezia sericea
  • Sanchezia speciosa Leonard[3]
  • Sanchezia nobilis (zh) Hook.f.[3]
  • Sanchezia oblonga [4]


Leonard & Smith (1964)
Clay et al. (1987): p.242
John H. Wiersema; Blanca León (20 March 2013). World Economic Plants: A Standard Reference, Second Edition. CRC Press. ISBN 978-1-4665-7681-0.: 612 

"33010". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


Clay, Horace F.; Hubbard, James C. & Golt, Rick (1987): Tropical Shrubs. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 0-8248-1128-3
Leonard, E.C. & Smith, L.B. (1964): Sanchezia and related American Acanthaceae. Rhodora 66: 313-343.

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