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Genus: Pentanisia

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

Fifteen species, native to tropical Africa, with four 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.

Pentanisia angustifolia


Pentanisia prunelloides


Pentanisia schweinfurthii

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique - see Flora of Zimbabwe.


Pentanisia sykesii

See Flora of Zimbabwe.



  • Verdcourt, B. 1952. A revision of certain African genera of herbaceous Rubiaceae 1 - the genus Pentanisia Harvey. Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de l'Etat, Bruxelles 22: 233-286.

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

  • Verdcourt, B. 1989. Rubiaceae. Flora Zambesiaca 5,1: 1-210.


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