8381.000 Coffea L.

Description of the genus

Trees or shrubs. Stipules obtuse or aristate. Leaves opposite; lamina glabrous but usually with domatia. Inflorescences axillary along main stems. Flowers bisexual, 5-8-merous, appearing before the leaves or with the leaves; solitary or in clusters of 2-4 per leaf axil. Calyx limb reduced to a rim; tube campanulate to turbinate. Corolla white or sometimes pink; tube cylindric or slightly funnel-shaped; lobes spreading. Ovary 2-locular; ovules 1 per loculus. Style exserted with divergent arms. Seeds 2 per fruit; each deeply grooved on the inner face.

Worldwide: 90 species from tropical Africa to the Mascareignes

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Amata alicia (Maid Alice) Food plant
Latoia urda (Large green latoia) Larval foodplant
Leucoplema dohertyi Larval food plant
Lophoruza semiscripta Larval foodplant
Coffea arabica

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

SpeciesContent
arabica L.Description, Image
canephora Pierre ex A. Froehner

Other sources of information about Coffea:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Coffea
Flora of Mozambique: Coffea
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Coffea
Flora of Zambia: Coffea
Flora of Zimbabwe: Coffea

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Coffea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Coffea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Coffea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Coffea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Coffea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Coffea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1409, retrieved 27 September 2016

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