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Genus: Mussaenda

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

About 100 species, native to the Old World tropics, with one species, Mussaenda arcuata, native to southern Africa (Zimbabwe and Mozambique). An additional seven species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

Information from Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Mussaenda arcuata

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Mussaenda elegans

Native to tropical Africa.


Mussaenda erythrophylla (Ashanti blood)

Native to tropical Africa.


Mussaenda flava

Native to tropical Africa.


Mussaenda frondosa

Native to tropical Asia.


Mussaenda incana

Native to India and Nepal.


Mussaenda luteola

Native to tropical Africa.


Mussaenda treutleri

Native to India.



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


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