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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Pycnostachys

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Lamiales > Family: Lamiaceae

The 37 species are native to tropical Africa and Madagascar, with six species found in southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI) and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Pycnostachys coerulea


Pycnostachys dewildemaniana

Recorded from Zimbabwe. See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Pycnostachys orthodonta

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Pycnostachys reticulata


Pycnostachys stuhlmannii

Recorded from Zimbabwe. See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Pycnostachys urticifolia (Blue boys)

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Herbivores in southern Africa

Coelonia mauritii (Fulvous Hawkmoth

Caterpillars have been recorded eating the leaves of Pycnostachys urticifolia

Lepidoptera: Sphingidae (hawkmoths).