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Genus: Otiophora

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

Twenty species, occurring in tropical Africa and Madagascar, with five 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.

Otiophora calycophylla


Otiophora cupheoides


Otiophora inyangana

Recorded from Zimbabwe. See Flora of Zimbabwe, where it is split into two subspecies - O. i. inyangana and O. i. parvifolia.


Otiophora lanceolata

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Otiophora scabra

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. See Flora of Zimbabwe.



  • Puff, C. 1981. Studies in Otiophora Zucc. (Rubiaceae): 2. A new classification of the southern African taxa. Journal of South African Botany 47: 297-329.

  • 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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