Dicliptera clinopodia is a winter flowering herb of forest margins in the eastern parts of South Africa from Eastern Cape to Limpopo, as well as in Swaziland and Zimbabwe. It may grow taller than 1 m.
The flowers indicate that the plant belongs to the Acanthaceae (Acanthus) family. It bears whorls of two-lipped pink, magenta or purple flowers. The central section of the upper lip is whitish with scattered dark markings on its inner surface. The anthers are dark pink or purple, similar in colour to the corolla. The style is white and longer than the stamens.
The about 150 Dicliptera species occur mainly in warm or tropical regions (Onderstall, 1984; www.zimbabweflora.co.zw).