acanthus family

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acan′thus fam`ily

a plant family, Acanthaceae, of tropical shrubs and nonwoody plants with simple opposite leaves, clusters of tubular bracted flowers, and seeds sometimes dispersed by exploding fruit.
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Noun1.acanthus family - widely distributed herbs and shrubs and treesacanthus family - widely distributed herbs and shrubs and trees; sometimes placed in the order Scrophulariales
asterid dicot family - family of more or less advanced dicotyledonous herbs and some trees and shrubs
order Polemoniales, Polemoniales - Polemoniaceae; Solanaceae; Boraginaceae; Labiatae; Lentibulariaceae; Pedaliaceae; in some classifications includes the order Scrophulariales
genus Acanthus - bear's breeches
genus Thunbergia, Thunbergia - a genus of herbs or vines of the family Acanthaceae
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Among the species on display are several representatives of the Acanthus family.
Indoor plant enthusiasts are certainly familiar with the polka dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya), yet another member of the Acanthus family, whose leaves are covered with white, pink or red dots.
In CSUN's temperature-controlled greenhouses, you will also be introduced to lesser-known, if equally illustrious, members of the Acanthus family.