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Ruellia inflata clade

Erin Tripp
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Note: this taxon list is still under construction. It does not yet contain all known Ruellia inflata clade subgroups.

Containing group: Ruellia s. l.


The Ruellia inflata clade contains species having red or greenish-yellow flowers. Those with the latter have floral morphologies suggestive of bat-pollination, though next to nothing is known about their pollination biology.

Members of this group occur in South America, especially in Brazil and Venezuela. Three species in this clade are also scrambling vines or lianas which is an unusual habit in Ruellia.


Tripp, E. A. Evolutionary relationships within the species-rich genus Ruellia (Acanthaceae). Systematic Botany, in press.

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Scientific Name Ruellia elegans
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Collection BioLib Online Library of Biological Books
Copyright © Kurt Stüber
Scientific Name Ruellia inflata
Location Bolivia
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Collector John L. Clark
Copyright © 2002 John L. Clark
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Tripp, Erin. 2007. Ruellia inflata clade. Version 10 April 2007 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Ruellia_inflata_clade/96995/2007.04.10 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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