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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
arabica L.EDescription, Image
ligustroides S. Moore[End][VU]E
mufindiensis Hutch. ex Bridson subsp. australis Bridson[VU]EDescription, Image
racemosa Lour.E,SDescription, Image
salvatrix Swynn. & Philipson[NrEnd]EDescription, Image
zanguebariae Lour.[EN]NDescription, Image

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: cultivated Coffea

External websites:

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

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: Coffea.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1409, retrieved 26 May 2024

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