acanthaceae meaning

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Noun: Acanthaceae
  1. Widely distributed herbs and shrubs and trees; sometimes placed in the order Scrophulariales
    - family Acanthaceae, acanthus family

Type of: asterid dicot family

Part of: order Polemoniales, Polemoniales

Encyclopedia: Acanthaceae

A plant family of the order Scrophulariales,subclass Asteridae,class Magnoliopsida. It is characterized by simple leaves in opposite pairs,cystoliths (enlarged cells containing crystals of calcium carbonate),and bilaterally symmetrical and bisexual flowers that are usually crowded together. The common name for Ruellia of wild petunia is easily confused with PETUNIA.


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  1. As a taxonomist, he described many species within the botanical family Acanthaceae.
  2. It is one of about 420 species of flowering plants in the family Acanthaceae.
  3. Mangrove associates are largely belongs to family Acanthaceae.
  4. Females lay eggs on the new leaves of plants in the family Acanthaceae, especially ruellia.
  5. Dicot plant families which include monocarpic species include Acanthaceae, Apocynaceae, Asteraceae, and Fabaceae.

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