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Genus: Psydrax

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 nine 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.

Psydrax fragrantissima


Psydrax kraussioides

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.  


Psydrax livida

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Psydrax locuples


Psydrax martinii

Recorded from Zimbabwe.  


Psydrax micans

Recorded from Mozambique.  


Psydrax moggii

Recorded from Mozambique.  


Psydrax obovata (Quar)


Psydrax parviflora

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.  



  • Bridson, D.M. 1985. The reinstatement of Psydrax (Rubiaceae, subfam. Cinchonoideae tribe Vanguerieae) and a revision of the African species. Kew Bulletin 40: 687-725.

  • Bridson, D.M. 1998. Rubiaceae. Flora Zambesiaca 5,2: 211-377.

  • Verdcourt, B. & Bridson, D.M. 1991. Flora of Tropical East Africa. Rubiaceae (part 3): 1-956.


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