Description of the genus
Herbs, sometimes woody at base. Leaves petiolate. Inflorescence a raceme, terminal and axillary. Flowers bisexual, ± actinomorphic. Sepals 4, free Stamens 4. Ovary with 1 carpel and 1 stigma. Fruit spherical, usually red. Seed 1.
Derivation of name: named after August Rivinus (1652-1723), German physiologist, professor of botany at Leipzig.
Worldwide: 1 species from S USA to tropical America
Other sources of information about Rivina:Flora of Zimbabwe
: cultivated Rivina pageFlora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): RivinaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: RivinaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for RivinaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): RivinaKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Rivina.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=546, retrieved 19 June 2013