8399.000 Psychotria L.



Verdcourt, B. (1988) Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1)

Description of the genus

Subshrubs, shrubs or trees. Stipules entire or fimbriate. Leaves opposite, petiolate, either with domatia or with black nodules scattered throughout the leaf lamina. Flowers 4-5-merous, bisexual, heterostylous, arranged in terminal paniculate or umbellate inflorescences. Calyx minutely lobed. Corolla tube usually shortly cylindric; lobes valvate. Ovary 2-(3-4)-locular. Fruit a drupe, with 1-2 pyrenes, these not markedly dehiscent. Seeds usually with a dark (reddish-brown) testa; endosperm usually strongly ruminate.

Derivation of name: vivifying, from Greek: psyche, meaning life, referring to the healing properties of some species.

Worldwide: 800 - 1500 species in the tropics.

Mozambique: 19 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Temnora marginata (Marginate temnora)
Psychotria eminiana var. eminiana

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
amboniana K. Schum. subsp. mosambicensis (E.M.A. Petit) Verdc.[End]GI,MImage
capensis (Eckl.) Vatke subsp. capensis var. capensis Z,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
capensis (Eckl.) Vatke subsp. riparia (K. Schum. & K. Krause) Verdc. var. riparia N,Z,MS
capensis (Eckl.) Vatke subsp. riparia (K. Schum. & K. Krause) Verdc. var. puberula (E.M.A. Petit) Verdc.T,MS
ealaensis De Wild.Z
eminiana (Kuntze) E.M.A. Petit var. eminiana N,TDescription, Image
kirkii HiernN,Z,T,MSDescription, Image
linearisepala E.M.A. Petit var. linearisepala N,T
mahonii C.H. WrightN,MSDescription, Image
peduncularis (Salisb.) Steyerm.[Agg]Z,MS
peduncularis (Salisb.) Steyerm. var. nyassana (Krause) Verdc.MS
peduncularis (Salisb.) Steyerm. var. angustibracteata Verdc.[NrEnd]Z,MSDescription, Image
pumila Hiern var. leuconeura (K. Schum. & K. Krause) E.M.A. PetitN
pumila Hiern var. pumila N,Z,T,MS,GIDescription, Image
pumila Hiern var. buzica (S. Moore) E.M.A. PetitN,Z,MSDescription, Image
sp. B GI
sp. C of Burrows et Al.:908, 2018N
spithamea S. MooreNDescription, Image
zombamontana (Kuntze) E.M.A. PetitN,Z,MSDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Psychotria:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Psychotria
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Psychotria
Flora of Malawi: Psychotria
Flora of Zambia: Psychotria
Flora of Zimbabwe: Psychotria

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Psychotria
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Psychotria
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Psychotria
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Psychotria
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Psychotria
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Psychotria
JSTOR Plant Science: Psychotria
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Psychotria
Plants of the World Online: Psychotria
Tropicos: Psychotria
Wikipedia: Psychotria

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Psychotria.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1413, retrieved 8 December 2023

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