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Genus: Anthospermum

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 > Order: Gentianales > Family: Rubiaceae

A total of 40 species, native to Africa and Madagascar, with 26 species native to southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Anthospermum aethiopicum


Anthospermum ammannioides

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. See Flora of Zimbabwe.  


Anthospermum basuticum


Anthospermum bergianum


Anthospermum bicorne


Anthospermum comptonii


Anthospermum dregei


Anthospermum ericifolium


Anthospermum esterhuysenianum


Anthospermum galioides


Anthospermum galpinii


Anthospermum herbaceum

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Anthospermum hirtum


Anthospermum hispidulum


Anthospermum littoreum


Anthospermum monticola


Anthospermum paniculatum


Anthospermum prostratum


Anthospermum rigidum

 See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Anthospermum spathulatum


Anthospermum streyi


Anthospermum ternatum

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Anthospermum vallicola

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Anthospermum whyteanum

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Anthospermum welwitschii


Anthospermum zimbabwense

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. See Flora of Zimbabwe.



  • Puff, C. 1986. Paederieae, Anthospermeae, Rubieae. Flora of southern Africa 31, part 1, fascicle 2: 1-79.

  • Puff, C. 1989. Otiophora, Paederia, Anthospermum, Rubia & Galium. Flora Zambesiaca 5,1: 63-65, 142-149, 150-158, 193-201.

  • Verdcourt, B. 1976. Flora of Tropical East Africa. Rubiaceae (part 1): 1-414.


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