8351.000 Vangueria Comm. ex Juss.


LAGYNIAS E. Mey. ex Robyns



Lantz, H. & Bremer, B. (2005) Phylogeny of the complex Vanguerieae (Rubiaceae) genera Fadogia, Rytigynia, and Vangueria with close relatives and a new circumscription of Vangueria Plant Systematics and Evolution 253 159-183

Description of the genus

Shrubs or small trees. Leaves in pairs. Stipules produced into a narrow appendage at the apex. Inflorescences consisting of axillary cymes on opposite sides of the nodes. Calyx with 5 short, triangular, linear or oblong lobes. Corolla usually yellow, green, or greenish-yellow, densely hairy at throat; lobes 5, usually reflexed, sometimes with distinct narrow appendage at apex. Ovary 5-locular; ovule solitary in each loculus, pendulous. Fruit indehiscent, fleshy, ± spherical, glabrous.

Comment: In a new circumscription of this genus after phylogenetic research the species formerly in the separate genera Ancylanthos, Lagynias, Pachystigma and Tapiphyllum have all been included under Vangueria (Lantz, H. & Bremer, B., 2005).

Worldwide: 58 species in Subsaharan Africa and Madagascar.

Zimbabwe: 11 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Hypolycaena philippus (Purple-brown hairstreak) Larval foodplant
Vangueria infausta subsp. infausta

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
apiculata K. Schum.N,C,E,SDescription, Image
dryadum S. MooreN,C,E,SDescription, Image
esculenta S. MooreEDescription, Image
ferruginea (Welw.) ined.W,SDescription, Image
infausta Burch. subsp. infausta W,C,E,SDescription, Image
infausta Burch. subsp. rotundata (Robyns) Verdc. var. rotundata E
proschii Briq.N,W,CDescription, Image
pygmaea Schltr.C,EDescription, Image
randii S. Moore subsp. randii N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
vestita (Robyns) ined.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
volkensii K. Schum. var. volkensii E

Other sources of information about Vangueria:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Vangueria
Flora of Caprivi: Vangueria
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Vangueria
Flora of Malawi: Vangueria
Flora of Mozambique: Vangueria
Flora of Zambia: Vangueria

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Vangueria.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1394, retrieved 19 May 2024

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