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Nº 27. Thursday, December 9, 2010

Acanthaceae

n Bot. Family of dicotyledonous plants, shrubs and herbs, with gnarled stems and branches, opposite leaves, gamopetalous flowers in axillary or terminal inflorescences, and capsular fruits, such as bear's breeches (Acanthus mollis).

Type genus: Acanthus.

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Acanthus mollis. Bear's breeches is a plant species representative of the Acanthaceae family.

Etymology

From modern Latin Acanthaceae; from Acanthus, name of a plant genus; from Greek akanthos, «thorn», because of the soft thorns present on these plants; and the Latin suffix -aceae, «-aceous».