8032.000 Hypoestes Sol. ex R.Br.

Description of the genus

Herbs or subshrubs. Inflorescence axillary, an umbel-like group of monochasical cymes. Primary bracts leaf-like. Calyx actinomorphic; 4- or 5-lobed. Corolla 2-lipped, resupinate; lip in upper position 3-toothed with an indistinct rugula; lip in lower position entire or emarginate. Fertile stamens 2, 1-thecous; staminodes 0. Pollen prolate.

Derivation of name: From hypo (under) and estia (a house) (Greek), referring to the covering of the calyx by the bracts

Worldwide: c.40 Old World tropics

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Calaenorrhinus galenus (Orange Flat, Orange Sprite) Larval foodplant
No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

aristata (Vahl) Roem. & Schult.Description, Image
phyllostachya BakerDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Hypoestes:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Hypoestes
Flora of Caprivi: Hypoestes
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Hypoestes
Flora of Malawi: Hypoestes
Flora of Mozambique: Hypoestes
Flora of Zambia: Hypoestes
Flora of Zimbabwe: Hypoestes

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hypoestes
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Hypoestes
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hypoestes
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Hypoestes
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Hypoestes
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hypoestes
JSTOR Plant Science: Hypoestes
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hypoestes
Plants of the World Online: Hypoestes
Tropicos: Hypoestes
Wikipedia: Hypoestes

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Hypoestes.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1351, retrieved 25 May 2024

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