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Bluete Brillantaisia nyanzarum.jpg
Brillantaisia owariensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Acanthaceae
Genus: Brillantaisia

Brillantaisia is a genus of plant in family Acanthaceae. They are native to the African tropics and subtropics, including Madagascar.[1] They may grow from 20 cm to 2 m in height. Their hirsute stems are square in cross-section and their heart-shaped leaves have an opposite arrangement. Their purple or white pea-like flowers produce long, cigar-shaped seed pods.[2] They reproduce easily from seeds or vegetatively. One species, B. lamium, is invasive in Queensland.[2]


It contains some 17 species,[3] including:


  1. ^ "Genus: Brillantaisia". biodiversity explorer. iziko museums. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Brillantaisia lamium" (PDF). Queensland government. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Brillantaisia". The Plant List (2010). Version 1. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 

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