Acanthus spinosus

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Acanthus spinosus


Taxonavigation: Lamiales 
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Lamiales

Familia: Acanthaceae
Subfamilia: Acanthoideae
Tribus: Acantheae
Subtribus: Acanthinae
Genus: Acanthus
Species: Acanthus spinosus


Acanthus spinosus L., Sp. Pl. 2: 639 ("939") (1753).

  • Lectotype (designated by Iamonico & Peruzzi 2012: 12): Origin unknown. Herb. Clifford: 327, Acanthus 2 (BM 000646247).


  • Heterotypic
    • Acanthus mollis Riedel ex Nees in De Candolle, Prodr. 11: 271 (1847), nom. illeg. non L.
    • Acanthus spinosissimus Pers., Syn. Pl. 2: 179 (1806).
    • Acanthus spinosus subsp. spinosissimus (Pers.) Zangh., Fl Ital. 1: 626 (1976), comb. inval.



Native distribution areas:
  • Continental: Europe
    • Regional: Northern Europe
      • Great Britain (introduced)
    • Regional: Southeastern Europe
      • Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Kriti, Yugoslavia (Bosnia & Hercegovina, Croatia, Montenegro).
  • Continental: Africa
    • Regional: Northern Africa
      • Algeria (introduced).
  • Continental: Asia-Temperate
    • Regional: Western Asia
      • East Aegean Islands, Turkey.

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition


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Vernacular names[edit]

Deutsch: Dorniger Akanthus
English: Spiny Bear's-breech
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