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Elytraria Michaux. Elytraria.

Contributed by Alan S. Weakley and Edwin L. Bridges

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A genus of about 17 species, of tropical and warm temperate regions of the Western and Eastern Hemispheres. Elytraria is a member of the subfamily Nelsonioideae, the basal group in the Acanthaceae (Wenk & Daniel 2009).

ID notes: The basal leaves lay flat on the ground and are distinctive in their very deeply rugose, 3D texturing. The "scaly stem" is distinctive, with overlapping acuminate bracts cladding the stem.

Ref: Daniel (2013); Leonard (1934); Long (1970); Ward (2004d); Wenk & Daniel (2009). Show full citations.

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