We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Acanthaceae?

By Danielle DeLee
Updated Jun 04, 2024
Our promise to you
All Things Nature is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At All Things Nature, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Acanthaceae is a family of plants which is also called the Acanthus family. This group is comprised of flowering plants. Most of them are tropical or subtropical, though some are temperate. The group is well known to gardeners; many of the family’s species are popular garden plants.

The family has a well-defined core, but some experts argue about the inclusion of certain plants in Acanthaceae. As a result of these long-standing arguments, literature on the subject will often refer to core, or narrow, and broad versions of the family. The first is limited to the members that are widely accepted by the scientific community, while the second includes some additional plants closely related to the core plants, but that scientists have traditionally placed in different families. One example of a member of broad Acanthaceae that is excluded from the narrow version is the black mangrove, which is sometimes placed in a family by itself and sometimes considered part of the family that includes verbena.

Members of the Acanthaceae family have a few uniting characteristics. They all flower and bear fruit. Inside the fruit, the seeds are held by structures called retinacula, which look like hooks. When the fruit matures, it bursts, spreading seeds around the parent plant. Their flowers have petals fused together and two or four stamens.

Perhaps the most definitive characteristic of this family is its diversity. It has more than 4,000 species, and they are divided into more than 200 genera. Apart from their distinctive fruits, they have a variety of differences from each other. Their pollen grains have different shapes and textures. They grow in the forms of shrubs, trees, bushes and typical garden flowers. Their leaves can be green or colorful, and they often have vibrant flowers.

The majority of the species that make up the Acanthaceae family grow in tropical climates, but sometimes they are found in temperate zones as well. For example, Bear’s Breeches are common garden plants that grow in temperate climates. The plant known as the squirrel tail or shrimp plant is often found in gardens in Hawaii. Both are part of the family.

Members of the Acanthaceae family are often grown decoratively. This is the case for African violets, for example, along with Bear’s Breeches and the shrimp plant. The mint plant is also part of the family, and it is used to create mint flavoring in food.

All Things Nature is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Related Articles

Discussion Comments
All Things Nature, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

All Things Nature, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.