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Genus: Ehretia

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 > Family: Boraginaceae

About 75 species, native to the tropics, with seven species native to southern Africa and a further species that is cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Ehretia alba


Ehretia amoena (Sandpaper bush)

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Ehretia coerulea


Ehretia cymosa (Forest stamperwood)

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Ehretia namibiensis


Ehretia obtusifolia


Ehretia rigida (Puzzle bush, Deurmekaarbos)


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Ehretia acuminata (Koda)

Native from China to eastern Australia.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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